An example of a parasite is tapeworm or ringworm.
An example of a parasite is a person you know who is continually borrowing money and asking things of you without giving anything back.
Lice, fleas, ticks and mites are widely spread parasites.
Origin of parasite
- 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
- From Latin parasitus, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ÏƒÎ¹Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (parasitos, “person who eats at the table of another"), from noun use of adjective meaning "feeding beside", from Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para, “beside") + Ïƒá¿–Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (sitos, “food").