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par·a·site

parasite

 
 
pronunciation:
pae r saIt
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part of speech: noun
definition: a plant, animal, or fungus that lives on or in another living thing, called the host. A parasite gets its food and energy from the host organism.
Several diseases are caused by parasites that live in the intestine.
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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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