hemiparasitic

adjective
hemi·​par·​a·​sit·​ic | \ ˌhe-mē-ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik How to pronounce hemiparasitic (audio) , -ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of hemiparasitic

botany
: 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

Other Words from hemiparasitic

hemiparasite \ ˌhe-​mē-​ˈper-​ə-​ˌsīt How to pronounce hemiparasitic (audio) , -​ˈpa-​rə-​ \ 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

First Known Use of hemiparasitic

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Hemiparasitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemiparasitic. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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