Meaning of parasite
Pronunciation: (par'u-sīt"), [key]
- an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
- a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
- (in ancient Greece) a person who received free meals in return for amusing or impudent conversation, flattering remarks, etc.
- parasite (Thesaurus)