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parasitic
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit

or:

a person who lives off others' efforts without providing return benefit to them
  • Those creatures are parasitic.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (21% in)
  • It struck Will at this moment that the man might be one of those political parasitic insects of the bloated kind who had once or twice claimed acquaintance with him as having heard him speak on the Reform question, and who might think of getting a shilling by news.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (73% in)

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