They are typically invasive, highly adaptive, parasitic and adept at mimicking more benign plants.
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
One of the insects Chaz caught - and I promise I am not making this up - was a parasitic wasp.
From drug-resistant TB to parasitic worms, Barbara Kantrowitz reports on eight diseases to watch—and worry about.
Definitely a few unpleasant characters, like parasitic worms, which we deliberately and with good reason evicted.
The life-blood of France was being sucked for the support of a parasitic growth.
Like some parasitic growth she was taking her strength from him.
The bark of the tree is covered with mosses, lichens, and parasitic insects.
It is admitted on all hands that some diseases are the product of parasitic growth.
It sinks to a place even lower, if possible, than that of the parasitic worm.
1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos "of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite," from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.
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.