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parasitic
used in Turtles All the Way Down

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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
  • They start trying to get themselves eaten by a bird, basically, and eventually they succeed, and the parasite that was authoring the story all along ends up exactly where it needs to be: in the belly of a bird.
    p. 105.9
parasite = an organism that lives off another organism without providing return benefit
  • Of course I'd long known that I was playing host to a massive collection of parasitic organisms, but I didn't much like being reminded of it.
    p. 3.5
  • parasitic = of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • I could tell she wanted me to ask her about something, but I couldn't tell what, because my stomach wouldn't shut up, which was forcing me deep inside a worry that I'd somehow contracted a parasitic infection.
    p. 4.4
  • parasitic = of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • I started telling Davis about this weird parasite, Diplostomum pseudospathaceum.
    p. 105.7
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • Fish infected with immature parasites swim in deep water to make it harder for birds to spot, but then, once the parasite is ready to mate, the infected fish suddenly start swimming close to the surface.
    p. 105.8
  • parasites = organisms that live on (or in) another species and eat from it without providing return benefit
  • ...once the parasite is ready to mate, the infected fish suddenly start swimming close to the surface.
    p. 105.9
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • The parasite breeds there, and then baby parasites get crapped out into the water by birds, whereupon they meet with a fish, and the cycle begins anew.
    p. 106.1
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • The parasite breeds there, and then baby parasites get crapped out into the water by birds, whereupon they meet with a fish, and the cycle begins anew.
    p. 106.1
  • parasites = organisms that live on (or in) another species and eat from it without providing return benefit
  • I was trying to explain to him why this freaked me out so much but not really succeeding, and I recognized that I'd pulled the conversation very far away from the point where we'd held hands and been close to kissing, that now I was talking about parasite-infected bird feces, which was more or less the opposite of romance, but I couldn't stop myself; because I wanted him to understand that I felt like the fish, like my whole story was written by someone else.
    p. 106.3
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • You can't know whether you're doing the bidding of some parasite, not really.
    p. 106.8
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • Couldn't get the redness and the swelling out of my mind, my skin responding to the invasion of parasitic bacteria.
    p. 130.4
  • parasitic = of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • I was that fish, infected with a parasite, swimming close to the surface, trying to get myself eaten.
    p. 131.8
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • "The parasite believes itself to be the host," I said.
    p. 145.4
  • parasite = an organism that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit
  • He looked at the little pool of blood in the bottom of the test tube and said, "Did you know that tuatara can carry parasites—Tua carries salmonella, for instance—but they never get sick from them?"
    p. 175.9
parasites = organisms that live on (or in) another species and eat from it without providing return benefit
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