Synonyms for parasitic

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It is not alone the parasitic and predaceous insects which are beneficial.

Only five generations have brought us to the parasitic, town-ridden condition we are in.

Like some parasitic growth she was taking her strength from him.

Thousands of insects are carried off yearly by parasitic fungi.

It is admitted on all hands that some diseases are the product of parasitic growth.

This malady was propagated annually by the parasitic spores.

They are too parasitic--the one willing servant class of the world.

The plant, it is stated, was affected by a parasitic fungus.

Are we so very sure that parasitic habits come from a love of inaction?

Places, if not parasitic upon her, at least were mere settings and backgrounds.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos "of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite," from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PARASITIC

fawning

adjectivedeferential, groveling
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