superparasitism

noun
su·​per·​par·​a·​sit·​ism | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈper-ə-ˌsī-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce superparasitism (audio) , -sə-ˌti-, -ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of superparasitism

: parasitization of a host by more than one parasitic individual usually of one kind used especially of parasitic insects

First Known Use of superparasitism

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About superparasitism

Time Traveler for superparasitism

Time Traveler

The first known use of superparasitism was circa 1899

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near superparasitism

super PAC

superparasitism

superparticular

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for superparasitism

Cite this Entry

“Superparasitism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superparasitism. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!