Origin of semiparasitic
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The Cyclostomes are remarkable among vertebrates in that they are semiparasitic in habit.
- (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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