hemiparasite

semiparasite

/ (ˌhɛmɪˈpærɪˌsaɪt) /

noun

a parasitic plant, such as mistletoe, that carries out photosynthesis but also obtains food from its host
an organism that can live independently or parasitically
Derived Formshemiparasitic (ˌhɛmɪˌpærəˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for hemiparasite

hemiparasite

[ hĕm′ĭ-părə-sīt′ ]

A plant, such as mistletoe, that obtains some nourishment from its host but also carries on photosynthesis.
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