Definitions of parasite

  1. a follower who hangs around a host ( without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  2. an animal or plant that lives in or on a host ( another animal or plant); the parasite obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
  3. One who frequents the tables of the rich, or who lives at another's expense, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hanger- on; a toady; a sycophant.
  4. A plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia.
  5. An animal which lives during the whole or part of its existence on or in the body of some other animal, feeding upon its food, blood, or tissues, as lice, tapeworms, etc.
  6. An animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo.
  7. A plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; - sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte.
  8. A hanger- on, or one who lives at another's expense, as vagabonds; an animal or plant fed by another to which it attaches itself.
  9. One who frequents another's table: a hanger- on: ( bot.) a plant nourished by the juices of another: ( zool.) an animal which lives on another.
  11. A hanger- on; plant or animal nourished by the juices of another.
  12. Parasitic, parasitical.
  13. An organism that lives on or in some other; a hanger - on; sycophant.
  14. One who frequents the tables of the rich, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hangeron; a sycophant; a plant or animal which attaches itself to and lives upon another.
  15. One frequenting the tables of the rich and earning his welcome by flattery; a hangeron; a fawning flatterer; a climbing- plant which grows upon a tree, and obtains nourishment from its juices; an insect living on some animal body.
  16. An organism living with or within another to its own advantage in food or shelter.

Usage examples for parasite

  1. Indeed, in all cases, the parasite is benefited by the functions of the supporter; but, in the cases I refer to, the slavery is more special and more apparent. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  2. This enemy was the little germ or parasite that causes malaria. – Keep-Well Stories for Little Folks by May Farinholt-Jones
  3. Brought up by one of his relatives, the Count de Valqueyras, he lived the life of a parasite, eating at the count's table and occupying a small apartment just under his roof. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  4. It is like a parasite which has settled upon the bough of some noble forest- tree- on it, but not of it. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  5. I'm tired of being kept in a glass case- being a parasite. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  6. " Birdie" Bowers and Wright were employed collecting insects, and, with those added by the rest of us, the day's collection included all kinds of ants, cockroaches, grasshoppers, mayflies, a centipede, fifteen different species of spider, locusts, a cricket, woodlice, a parasite fly, a beetle, and a moth. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  7. This parasite is found in all parts of the world. – The Veterinarian by Chas. J. Korinek
  8. God created each man as a soul, dowered with individuality, hence essential to the universal structure, whether in the temporary role of pillar or parasite. – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  9. This might indeed be expected from the frequent occurrence of infection in swine, about 6 per cent of these animals being found to harbor the parasite. – Food Poisoning by Edwin Oakes Jordan
  10. Publickly to bestow praise on merit of which the publick is not sensible, or to raise flattering expectations which are never fulfilled, must sink the character of an authour, and make him appear a cringing parasite, or a fond enthusiast. – Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica by James Boswell
  11. Not from any want of manifest continuity, but from the spiritual difference- from the profoundly different views of life and things which are taken by the parasite and the tree on which it grows- the two are now different because they think differently- as long as they thought alike they were alike- that is to say they were protoplasm- they and we and all that lives meeting in this common substance. – God the Known and God the Unknown by Samuel Butler
  12. When Harry went out upon business, which took him to the City and the Temple, his parasite did not follow him very far into the Strand; but turned away, owning that he had a terror of Chancery Lane, its inhabitants, and precincts. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  13. And sometimes you may see hypocritical crystals taking the shape of others, though they are nothing like in their minds; and vampire crystals eating out the hearts of others; and hermit- crab crystals living in the shells of others; and parasite crystals living on the means of others; and courtier crystals glittering in attendance upon others; and all these, besides the two great companies of war and peace, who ally themselves, resolutely to attack, or resolutely to defend. – The Ethics of the Dust by John Ruskin
  14. As a temporary parasite upon a political and moral order already established, Epicureanism might thrive and flourish; but as a principle on which to rest a decent society here or a hope of heaven hereafter, Epicureanism is utterly lacking. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde
  15. Here he was at least, and had been any time these past ten years, a sort of dismal parasite upon the foreigner in Paris. – Tales-and-Fantasies by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  16. She seemed to him detached, like a plant that drew its best power away from man, in fields and woods, a kind of parasite. – The Man Who Wins by Robert Herrick
  17. It is not necessary to suppose that a man is a parasite of fame because he goes to a President's reception, or wishes to meet a celebrated English lecturer. – The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns