Definition of hyperparasite in English:

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hyperparasite

Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈperəˌsīt/

noun

Biology
A parasite whose host is itself a parasite.
Example sentences
  • Hyperparasite attack may reduce the effectiveness of L. testaceipes if the hyperparasite is abundant.
  • Others, such as the ichneumonid subfamily Mesochorinae, are hyperparasites and attack other parasitoids.
  • Results of laboratory tests indicated that T. atroviride is an effective hyperparasite of S. sclerotiorum.

Derivatives

hyperparasitic

Pronunciation: /-ˌparəˈsitik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The hyperparasitic crab and the angler fish both have sedentary females and very small males.
  • The larvae of these species attract the hyperparasitic wasp Eurytoma lutea, whose larvae feed on these gall-formers.
  • Some researchers have claimed that these wasps with hyperparasitic males pose a risk to effective biological control.

hyperparasitism

Pronunciation: /-sīˌtizəm/ Pronunciation: /-si-/
noun
Example sentences
  • In that case, limiting hyperparasitism would be more important for successful biological control of aphids.
  • However, this study suggests that C. concinnata in Virginia may not escape hyperparasitism very effectively.
  • In spite of generally high hyperparasitism, no detrimental effect on the control efficiency of either primary parasitoid was noticed.

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Syllabification: hy·per·par·a·site

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