Biol. living as a parasite on first one species of host and then another
Origin of heteroecious; from hetero- + Classical Greek oikia, a house (see eco-) + -ous
Spending different stages of the life cycle on different, usually unrelated hosts. Used of parasites.
Origin of heteroecioushetero– + Greek oikia, house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots + –ous.
(comparative more heteroecious, superlative most heteroecious)
- (biology) Of dependent organisms, spending portions of the life cycle on different types of hosts.
hetero- + -oecious