semi-parasite


semi-parasite

adjective

  1. Biology. commonly parasitic but also capable of living on dead or decaying animal matter.
  2. Botany. partly parasitic and partly photosynthetic.

adjective

  1. (of plants, such as mistletoe) obtaining some food from a host but undergoing photosynthesis at the same time
  2. (of bacteria or fungi) usually parasitic but capable of living as a saprotroph

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