|1.||an animal or plant that lives in or on another (the host) from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it|
|2.||a person who habitually lives at the expense of others; sponger|
|3.||(formerly) a sycophant|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek parasitos one who lives at another's expense, from |
parasitic par·a·sit·ic (pār'ə-sĭt'ĭk) or par·a·sit·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
Caused by a parasite.