[sem-ee-par-uh-sit-ik, sem-ahy-]See more synonyms for semiparasitic on Thesaurus.com
Related formssem·i·par·a·site [sem-ee-par-uh-sahyt, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈpær əˌsaɪt, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, nounsem·i·par·a·sit·ism [sem-ee-par-uh-sahy-tiz-uh m, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈpær əˌsaɪ tɪz əm, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, noun
- Biology. commonly parasitic but also capable of living on dead or decaying animal matter.
- Botany. partly parasitic and partly photosynthetic.
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British Dictionary definitions for semi-parasite
Derived Formssemiparasite (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsaɪt), nounsemiparasitism (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsɪˌtɪzəm), noun
- (of plants, such as mistletoe) obtaining some food from a host but undergoing photosynthesis at the same time
- (of bacteria or fungi) usually parasitic but capable of living as a saprotroph
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