[sem-ee-par-uh-sit-ik, sem-ahy-]

Origin of semiparasitic

First recorded in 1875–80; semi- + parasitic
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for semiparasitic


  1. (of plants, such as mistletoe) obtaining some food from a host but undergoing photosynthesis at the same time
  2. (of bacteria or fungi) usually parasitic but capable of living as a saprotroph
Derived Formssemiparasite (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsaɪt), nounsemiparasitism (ˌsɛmɪˈpærəsɪˌtɪzəm), noun
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