hyperparasite

noun
hy·​per·​par·​a·​site | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈper-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) , -ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of hyperparasite

: a parasite that is parasitic upon another parasite

Other Words from hyperparasite

hyperparasitic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌper-​ə-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) , -​ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
hyperparasitism \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈper-​ə-​ˌsī-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) , -​ˈpa-​rə-​ , -​sə-​ˌti-​ \ noun

Examples of hyperparasite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gomez-Zapata, a PhD student at the Aime lab at Purdue University, says that a hyperparasite is a parasite whose host is another parasite. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Hyperparasites are parasites that take advantage of other parasites, such as parasitic wasps that lay eggs in other parasitic wasps that in turn lay eggs in caterpillars. Andrew Forbes, National Geographic, 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of hyperparasite

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyperparasite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperparasite. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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hyperparasite

noun
hy·​per·​par·​a·​site | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈpar-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperparasite

: a parasite that is parasitic upon another parasite

Other Words from hyperparasite

hyperparasitic \ -​ˌpar-​ə-​ˈsit-​ik How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) \ adjective
hyperparasitism \ -​ˈpar-​ə-​ˌsīt-​ˌiz-​əm How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) , -​sə-​ˌtiz-​ How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio) \ noun

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