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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Par"a*site
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  1. One who frequents the tables of the rich, or who lives at another's expense, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hanger-on; a toady; a sycophant."Thou, with trembling fear, Or like a fawning parasite, obey'st." [Milton.]" Parasites were called such smell-feasts as would seek to be free guests at rich men's tables." [Udall.]
  2. [Bot]
    1. A plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte.
    2. A plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia.
  3. [Zoöl]
    1. An animal which lives during the whole or part of its existence on or in the body of some other animal, feeding upon its food, blood, or tissues, as lice, tapeworms, etc.
    2. An animal which steals the food of another, as the parasitic jager.
    3. An animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo.

Etymology: F., fr. L. parasitus, Gr. para`sitos, lit., eating beside, or at the table of, another; para` beside + sitei^n to feed, from sitos wheat, grain, food

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  1. An animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
  2. A follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

Fun Facts about the name Parasite

  • How unique is the name Parasite? Out of 5,838,786 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Parasite was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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Past life for Parasite born Sep 11, 2008

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Poland approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).