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parasitoid Line breaks: para¦sit|oid
Pronunciation: /ˈparəsɪtɔɪd/

Definition of parasitoid in English:


An insect whose larvae live as parasites which eventually kill their hosts, e.g. an ichneumon wasp.
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.
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