(hem′i par′ə sīt′)
- Zool. an organism that may be either free-living or parasitic; facultative parasite
- Bot. a parasitic plant, as the mistletoe, which carries on some photosynthesis but obtains a portion of its food, water, or minerals from a host plant
See hemiparasite in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A plant, such as mistletoe, that obtains some nourishment from its host but also photosynthesizes. Also called semiparasite.
- An organism that can live either independently or as a parasite.
- hemˌi·parˌa·sitˈic (-sĭtˈĭk) adjective
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