- Word History, Word Explorer
|part of speech:
||an animal or plant that lives on or in another organism and draws sustenance from it.
||a person who receives benefits or hospitality from others but does not give anything in return.
- drone, leech
- similar words:
- barnacle, bloodsucker, cadger, hanger-on, mooch, scrounge, sponge
||appendage, mendicant, mold
comes from an ancient Greek word for someone who earned free meals at the table of another by flattering the host during dinner.