Origin of parasitic
Examples from the Web for parasitical
That is intensely curious about the parasitical plant of Borneo.Hortus Inclusus
Pope, it must be remembered, is essentially a parasitical writer.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
Scarcely is the sun risen when we are plagued by the parasitical and inquisitive mob.The Sisters, Complete
Are you not ashamed to crowd around a table, like parasitical dogs?The King of the Mountains
Because the mistletoe is a parasitical plant, growing upon the bark of other trees.The Reason Why
Word Origin and History for parasitical
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.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
- Caused by a parasite.