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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. relating to or caused by parasites;
- Example: "parasitic infection"
[syn: parasitic, parasitical]

2. of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another;
- Example: "a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses"
- Example: "parasitic vines that strangle the trees"
- Example: "bloodsucking blackmailer"
- Example: "his indolent leechlike existence"
[syn: parasitic, parasitical, leechlike, bloodsucking]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Parasitic \Par`a*sit"ic\ (p[a^]r`[.a]*s[i^]t"[i^]k), Parasitical \Par`a*sit"ic*al\ (p[a^]r`[.a]*s[i^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning for food or favors; sycophantic. "Parasitic preachers." --Milton. Syn: leechlike, bloodsucking. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot. & Zool.) Of or pertaining to parasites; living on, or deriving nourishment from, some other living animal or plant. See Parasite, 2 & 3. [1913 Webster] Parasitic gull, Parasitic jager. (Zool.) See Jager. [1913 Webster] -- Par`a*sit"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Par`a*sit"ic*al*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

parasitical adj 1: relating to or caused by parasites; "parasitic infection" [syn: parasitic, parasitical] 2: of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another; "a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses"; "parasitic vines that strangle the trees"; "bloodsucking blackmailer"; "his indolent leechlike existence" [syn: parasitic, parasitical, leechlike, bloodsucking]