holoparasitic

adjective
ho·​lo·​par·​a·​sit·​ic | \ ˌhō-lō-ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik How to pronounce holoparasitic (audio) , -ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of holoparasitic

botany
: of, relating to, or being a parasitic plant (such as dodder) that is not capable of photosynthesis and obtains all nutrients and water from a host plant In addition to constituting the only angiosperms lacking leaves, species of Hydnoraceae are further distinguished by being holoparasitic plants …— Erika E. Maass, et al.

Other Words from holoparasitic

holoparasite \ ˌhō-​lō-​ˈper-​ə-​ˌsīt How to pronounce holoparasite (audio) , -​ˈpa-​rə-​ \ noun, plural holoparasites

First Known Use of holoparasitic

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Holoparasitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holoparasitic. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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