(literary, poetic) A climbing plant which is supported by a wall, trellis etc. [from 19th c.]
Other Word Forms of Parasite
Origin of Parasite
From Latin parasitus, from Ancient Greek παράσιτος (parasitos, “person who eats at the table of another"), from noun use of adjective meaning "feeding beside", from παρά (para, “beside") + σῖτος (sitos, “food").
Latin parasītus a person who lives by amusing the rich from Greek parasītos person who eats at someone else's table, parasite para- beside para–1 sītos grain, food
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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