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

  • n. A plant, such as mistletoe, that obtains some nourishment from its host but also photosynthesizes. Also called semiparasite.
  • n. An organism that can live either independently or as a parasite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any parasitic plant that also obtains energy by photosynthesis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A partially parasitic plant.

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

  • n. a parasitic plant that contains some chlorophyll and therefore is capable of photosynthesis


hemi- +‎ parasite (Wiktionary)


  • Woldemichael GM, Wink M (2002) Concomitant occurrence of pyrrolizidine and quinolizidine alkaloids in the hemiparasite

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