semiparasitic

[ sem-ee-par-uh-sit-ik, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk, ˌsɛm aɪ- /

adjective

Biology. commonly parasitic but also capable of living on dead or decaying animal matter.
Botany. partly parasitic and partly photosynthetic.

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Origin of semiparasitic

First recorded in 1875–80; semi- + parasitic

OTHER WORDS FROM semiparasitic

sem·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-uhm, sem-ahy-], /ˌsɛm iˈpær əˌsaɪ tɪz əm, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for semiparasitic

semiparasitic
/ (ˌsɛmɪˌpærəˈsɪtɪk) /

adjective

(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

Derived forms of semiparasitic

semiparasite (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsaɪt), nounsemiparasitism (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsɪˌtɪzəm), noun
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