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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 par·a·site /ˈpærəˌsaɪt/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 par·a·site /ˈpærəˌsaɪt/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Par·a·site n.
 1. One who frequents the tables of the rich, or who lives at another's expense, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hanger-on; a toady; a sycophant.
 Thou, with trembling fear,
 Or like a fawning parasite, obey'st.   --Milton.
    Parasites were called such smell-feasts as would seek to be free guests at rich men's tables.   --Udall.
 2. Bot. (a) A plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte. (b) A plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia.
 3. Zool. (a) An animal which lives during the whole or part of its existence on or in the body of some other animal, feeding upon its food, blood, or tissues, as lice, tapeworms, etc. (b) An animal which steals the food of another, as the parasitic jager. (c) An animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another
           animal or plant); the parasite obtains nourishment from
           the host without benefiting or killing the host [ant: host]
      2: a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the
         host) in hope of gain or advantage [syn: leech, sponge,