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"parasite" in British English

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parasitenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpær.ə.saɪt/  us   /ˈper-/
an ​animal or ​plant that ​lives on or in another ​animal or ​plant of a different ​type and ​feeds from it: The ​olderdrugs didn't ​dealeffectively with the ​malaria parasite. disapproving a ​person who is ​lazy and ​lives by other ​peopleworking, giving them ​money, etc.: Financial ​speculators are parasites on the ​nationaleconomy.
(Definition of parasite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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parasitenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpær·əˌsɑɪt/
biology an ​animal or ​plant that ​lives on or in another ​animal or ​plant of a different ​type and ​feeds from it A parasite is also a ​person who uses ​others to ​obtain an ​advantage without doing anything in ​exchange.
(Definition of parasite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “parasite”
in Spanish parásito…
in Vietnamese động/ thực vật ký sinh…
in Malaysian parasit…
in Thai ปรสิต…
in French parasite…
in German der Schmarotzer…
in Chinese (Simplified) 寄生生物, 寄生动物, 寄生植物…
in Turkish asalak, parazit, her şeyi başkalarından bekleyen…
in Russian паразит, тунеядец…
in Indonesian parasit…
in Chinese (Traditional) 寄生生物, 寄生動物, 寄生植物…
in Polish pasożyt…
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