Origin of parasitic
Examples from the Web for non-parasitic
Historical Examples of non-parasitic
A vast number of non-parasitic insects are injurious to man and beast.
Subsequently they may continue to live a brief period externally in a non-parasitic condition.
In this connection it is important to bear in mind that the nearest relatives of the koel are non-parasitic.Birds of the Plains
This is equivalent to calling them non-parasitic parasites, an expression which looks very like a contradiction of terms.
The Australian specialists agreed that the malady was non-parasitic, and that, therefore, it must be nervous.The Cruise of the Snark
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.