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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A plant or animal that lives on or in another plant or animal and gets food from it (e.g. fleas). Also: a person who lives at another's expense without paying that person back in any way.

Usage examples (37)
  • The really serious things are earning one's living so as not to be a parasite and loving one's neighbor.
  • At what point does the term parasite come into play?
  • ‡ The term parasite is often applied to a person who takes advantage of other people and fails to offer anything in return.
  • Yeah, you have a pretty good chance of catching some kind of parasite from the food here. for more
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