Semi-parasite



[sem-ee-par-uh-sit-ik, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
Biology. commonly parasitic but also capable of living on dead or decaying animal matter.
2.
Botany. partly parasitic and partly photosynthetic.
semiparasitic
/ˌsɛmɪˌpærəˈsɪtɪk/
adjective
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

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