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parasitic
used in The Poisonwood Bible

10 uses
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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
  • I personally set myself apart from the war on blood parasites.
    Book 1 — Genesis (38% in)
  • We have to boil our water because it comes from the stream, where parasites multiply in teeming throngs.
    Book 1 — Genesis (93% in)
  • Africa has parasites so particular and diverse as to occupy every niche of the body: intestines small and large, the skin, the bladder, the male and female reproductive tracts, interstitial fluids, even the cornea.
    Book 1 — Genesis (93% in)
  • If God had amused himself inventing the lilies of the field, he surely knocked His own socks off with the African parasites.
    Book 1 — Genesis (93% in)
  • I imagined honey-colored parasites celebrating in my golden-tinted organs as I alternately froze and burned.
    Book 5 — Exodus (9% in)
  • We spent nineteen days in the infirmary, swallowing a variety of specialized poisons, since we had intestinal parasites, fungus growing on our feet and forearms, and more than the usual degree of malaria.
    Book 5 — Exodus (22% in)
  • Now he was reported to be bearded, wild-haired, and struggling badly with malnutrition and parasites.
    Book 5 — Exodus (27% in)
  • They've risked Mobutu and every imaginable parasite in the backwater places where children were left to die or endure when the Underdowns and their ilk fled the country.
    Book 5 — Exodus (42% in)
  • When I'm nervous or sad I also fall prey to the awful itch from filaires, tiny parasites that crawl into your pores and cause a flare-up every so often.
    Book 5 — Exodus (59% in)
  • A parasite of humans that extinguished us altogether, you see, would quickly be laid to rest in human graves.
    Book 6 — Song of the Children (78% in)

There are no more uses of "parasitic" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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