hemi·​par·​a·​sit·​ic ˌhe-mē-ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik How to pronounce hemiparasitic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a plant (such as mistletoe) that possesses chlorophyll and typically carries out photosynthesis but is partially parasitic on the roots or shoots of a plant host : semiparasitic
hemiparasitic species
compare holoparasitic
hemiparasite noun
plural hemiparasites
Botanists categorize mistletoes as hemiparasites—plants that can make food through photosynthesis after siphoning water and mineral nutrients from a host plant … Laura A. Sessions

Examples of hemiparasitic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, experts consider mistletoe as hemiparasitic. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 23 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hemiparasitic was in 1899

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“Hemiparasitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemiparasitic. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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