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Noun
One who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return
“He makes the accusation that Nussberg always acted like a parasite and enriched himself at the expense of others.”
Noun
An insect or organism, typically one that lives on or in another organism at its expense
“An opportunity must be given to every person attacked by malaria to get rid of the parasite by means of quinine.”
Noun
A person who behaves obsequiously to someone important
Noun
An organism that is too small to be seen by the unaided eye
Noun
Someone who digs or mines for gold
Noun
A pest, typically a minute arachnid
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