Parasitical
Parasitic Par`a*sit"ic (p[a^]r`[.a]*s[i^]t"[i^]k), Parasitical Par`a*sit"ic*al (p[a^]r`[.a]*s[i^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning for food or favors; sycophantic. ``Parasitic preachers.'' --Milton.

Syn: leechlike, bloodsucking. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to parasites; living on, or deriving nourishment from, some other living animal or plant. See {Parasite}, 2 & 3. [1913 Webster]

{Parasitic gull}, {Parasitic jager}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Jager}. [1913 Webster] -- {Par`a*sit"ic*al*ly}, adv. -- {Par`a*sit"ic*al*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • parasitical — parasitic ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an organism) living as a parasite. 2) resulting from infestation by a parasite. 3) derogatory habitually relying on or exploiting others. DERIVATIVES parasitical adjective parasitically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • parasitical — adjective see parasite …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parasitical — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ravenous, parasitic, ravening, wolfish, predacious; see also predatory . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of or characteristic of a parasite: bloodsucking, parasitic. Slang: freeloading. See DEPENDENCE …   English dictionary for students

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  • parasitical — pærÉ™ sɪtɪkl adj. living on or inside another organism; obtaining its livelihood from another creature …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • parasitical — adj 1. blood sucking, sucking, draining, depleting, exhausting; absorbing, grasping, taking; leechlike, Sl. sponging, Sl. mooching, Inf. freeloading, Inf. panhandling, dependent. 2. sycophantic, sycophantish, toadying; flattering, truckling,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • parasitical — par·a·sit·i·cal …   English syllables

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