hemiparasite

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

hemi- +‎ parasite

Noun[edit]

hemiparasite (plural hemiparasites)

  1. (botany) Any parasitic plant that obtains energy by photosynthesis as well as from its host
    • 2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season [print version: Under the hemiparasite, International New York Times, 24–25 December 2014, p. 7]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Most mistletoes are "hemiparasites." This means they don't rely on their hosts for all their needs: Instead, they harvest the sun's energy to make some sugars for themselves. Nonetheless, if you're a tree, you don't want to be festooned with them. Two or three shouldn't be a problem, but dozens of mistletoes can lead to water stress, insect infestation or even death.