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parasite

par·a·site

parasite

 
pronunciation:
pae r saIt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an animal or plant that lives on or in another organism and draws sustenance from it.
definition 2: a person who receives benefits or hospitality from others but does not give anything in return.
synonyms:
drone, leech
similar words:
barnacle, bloodsucker, cadger, hanger-on, mooch, scrounge, sponge
Word History
Parasite comes from an ancient Greek word for someone who earned free meals at the table of another by flattering the host during dinner.
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