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semiparasitic

[sem-ee-par-uh-sit-ik, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
Biology. commonly parasitic but also capable of living on dead or decaying animal matter.
2.
Botany. partly parasitic and partly photosynthetic.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; semi- + parasitic
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semiparasite
[sem-ee-par-uh-sahyt, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈpær əˌsaɪt, ˌsɛm aɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
semiparasitism
[sem-ee-par-uh-sahy-tiz-uh m, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈpær əˌsaɪ tɪz əm, ˌsɛm aɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples for semiparasitic
  • Mistletoe is a semiparasitic plant that has been used for centuries to treat numerous human ailments.
British Dictionary definitions for semiparasitic

semiparasitic

/ˌsɛmɪˌpærəˈsɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of plants, such as mistletoe) obtaining some food from a host but undergoing photosynthesis at the same time
2.
(of bacteria or fungi) usually parasitic but capable of living as a saprotroph
Derived Forms
semiparasite (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsaɪt) noun
semiparasitism (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsɪˌtɪzəm) noun
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