Share this entry

Share this page

parasitoid

Syllabification: par·a·sit·oid
Pronunciation: /ˈparəsiˌtoid, -ˌsī-
 
/
Entomology

Definition of parasitoid in English:

noun

An insect (e.g., the ichneumon wasp) whose larvae live as parasites that eventually kill their hosts (typically other insects).
Example sentences
  • Such treatment typically kills the host; parasitoids are attracting interest as natural controls on insect pests.
  • Insects include among their number parasites, parasitoids, carnivores, herbivores, scavengers, and detritivores.
  • Larvae develop as parasitoids of 13 insect orders, spider eggs, ticks, pseudoscorpions, and nematodes, or as primary or secondary feeders on plant tissue.

Definition of parasitoid in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure