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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishparasiticpar‧a‧sit‧ic /ˌpærəˈsɪtɪk◂/ (also parasitical /-ˈsɪtɪkəl/) adjective  1 HBAHBPliving in or on another plant or animal and getting food from them parasitic fungi2 LAZYASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO somethinga parasitic person is lazy, does no work, and depends on other people3 MIa parasitic disease is caused by parasitesparasitically /-kli/ adverb
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parasiticParasitic beetles often make their homes in the nests of ants.Brood parasitic birds are becoming favoured examples in studies of coevolution.Urban elites are economically parasitic but politically dominant.Destructiveness and self-doubt are preferable to the enfeebled body politic and the parasitic Church.The more violent the oscillations the greater the amount of parasitic genetic material.Both free-living and parasitic phases of the life cycle are similar to those of the bovine species.The free-living and parasitic stages are similar to those of Ostertagia.It is only the female Ergasilus which is parasitic to fish.The vector of the parasitic worm is a tiny crustacean, Cyclops.
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