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parasitoid

[par-uh-si-toid, -sahy-] /ˈpær ə sɪˌtɔɪd, -saɪ-/
noun
1.
an organism that practices parasitoidism.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a parasite, especially one practicing parasitoidism.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Neo-Latin Parasitoïdea (1913); see parasite, -oid
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Examples for parasitoid
  • parasitoid wasps and flies use their long ovipositors to thrust their eggs into the eggs and bodies of other insects.
  • That's based on an actual biological strategy for parasitoid wasps.
British Dictionary definitions for parasitoid

parasitoid

/ˈpærəsɪˌtɔːd/
noun
1.
(zoology) an animal, esp an insect, that is parasitic during the larval stage of its life cycle but becomes free-living when adult
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parasitoid in Science
parasitoid
  (pār'ə-sĭ-toid', -sī'toid)   
Any of various insects, such as the ichneumon fly, whose larvae are parasites that eventually kill their hosts. The adult parasitoid deposits an egg on or inside the body of its host, typically the larva of another arthropod. When the egg hatches, the parasitoid larva feeds on the host's tissues, gradually killing it.
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