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parasitic Tweet Definition of parasitic Like Definition of parasitic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite.
  2. Drawing upon another organism for sustenance.
  3. exploit, Exploiting another for personal gain.
parasitism Tweet Definition of parasitism Like Definition of parasitism on Facebook
noun
  1. interaction between two organisms, in which one organism (the parasite) benefits and the other (the host) is harmed (dictionary definition). this can also refer to humans eg. a younger sibling is attached to the older sibling like a leech. (not a dictionary definition)
phenology Tweet Definition of phenology Like Definition of phenology on Facebook
noun
  1. (biology) the study of the effect of climate on periodic biological phenomena
photic zone Tweet Definition of photic zone Like Definition of photic zone on Facebook
noun
  1. that part of the near-surface body of an ocean or lake that receives enough sunlight for photosynthesis to be possible
photoautotroph Tweet Definition of photoautotroph Like Definition of photoautotroph on Facebook
noun
  1. (biology) an organism, such as all green plants, that can synthesize its own food from inorganic material using light as a source of energy
phototroph Tweet Definition of phototroph Like Definition of phototroph on Facebook
noun
  1. A photoautotroph
phytophagous Tweet Definition of phytophagous Like Definition of phytophagous on Facebook
adjective
  1. (zoology) feeding on plants, herbivorous
pollutant Tweet Definition of pollutant Like Definition of pollutant on Facebook
noun
  1. A foreign substance that makes something dirty, or impure, especially with waste from human activities.
pollute Tweet Definition of pollute Like Definition of pollute on Facebook
verb (pollut, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted product.
The factory d the river when it cleaned it's tanks.
  1. (transitive) To make something or somewhere less suitable for some activity, especially by the introduction of some unnatural factor.
The lights from the stadium polluted the night sky, and we couldn't see the stars.
adjective
  1. (rare) Polluted.
polluted Tweet Definition of polluted Like Definition of polluted on Facebook
verb
  1. Simple past and past participle of pollute.
adjective
  1. defiled, Defiled; made unclean or impure; debauched.
pollution Tweet Definition of pollution Like Definition of pollution on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of polluting or the state of being polluted, especially the contamination of the environment by harmful substances.
Nobody visits the river any more because of all of the .
  1. Something that pollutes; a pollutant.
polytrophic Tweet Definition of polytrophic Like Definition of polytrophic on Facebook
adjective
  1. (biology), (of bacteria etc) feeding of multiple types of food, or obtaining nutrients in more than one way
  2. (context, of a lake) rich in nutrients
polyzoic Tweet Definition of polyzoic Like Definition of polyzoic on Facebook
noun
  1. ({zoology}} A spore that produces lots of sporozoites.
adjective
  1. (zoology) Pertaining to polyzoa.
prey Tweet Definition of prey Like Definition of prey on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
  2. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
  3. A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.
The rabbit was eaten by the coyote, so the rabbit is the coyote's .
verb
  1. to victimize, hunt, attack or plunder.
  2. to devour.
  3. to exert harmful influence.
primary producer Tweet Definition of primary producer Like Definition of primary producer on Facebook
noun
  1. A person or organisation producing basic agriculture, agricultural commodities, such as a farmer or cattle producer.
  2. (biology) An autotroph organism producing complex organic matter, using photosynthesis or chemosynthesis.
producer Tweet Definition of producer Like Definition of producer on Facebook
noun
  1. (economics) An individual or organization that creates goods or services
  2. One who produces an artistic production like a CD, a theater production, a film, a TV program and so on.
  3. (context, biology) An organism that produces complex organic compounds from simple molecules and an external source of energy.

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