parasite NOUN 1) an organism which lives in or on another organism and benefits at the other's expense. 2) derogatory a person who lives off or exploits others.
DERIVATIVES parasitism noun parasitology noun.
ORIGIN Greek parasitos 'person eating at another's table' .

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