A parasite living on a host other than its normal host.
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Here’s the odd, sad truth about mistletoe. Plus, is the kissing custom a mystery?
If you celebrate Christmas, it’s likely that at some point this season you’ll find yourself puckering up under a mistletoe branch. What is the tradition of kissing under a plant all about? And does the name have anything to do with human toes? Mistletoe is a European plant that grows parasitically on trees. The etymology of the word is uncertain. Because mistletoe can be spread through birds’ feces, …
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