semiparasitic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

semi- +‎ parasitic

Adjective[edit]

semiparasitic (not comparable)

  1. (botany) Describing a plant that, although it uses photosynthesis, obtains some nutrition from other plants.
  2. (biology) Having moderate infectiousness for living tissue.
    The typhoid bacillus and cholera bacterium are semiparasitic.

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