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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to self-indulgence.
  • adj. Biology Living independently of another organism; not part of a parasitic or symbiotic relationship.
  • adj. Biology Moving independently; not sessile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (of an organism) That lives independently of other organisms rather than part of a symbiotic or parasitic relationship

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Living independently of other organisms; not parasitic or commensal.
  • n. Unrestrained indulgence of the appetites as a way of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Living in a free or unrestrained manner.
  • In biology, living free from and independent of the parent, as a medusa-bud separated from the polyp-stock upon which it grew.
  • n. Full gratification of the appetite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not parasitic on another organism
  • n. a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites

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