• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Parasita păr`ȧ*sī"tȧ (Zoöl) An artificial group formerly made for parasitic insects, as lice, ticks, mites, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parasita In zoology, parasites; parasitic animals: applied to several different groups whose members are characterized by their parasitism. In Crustacea, low parasitic forms, as the siphonostomous and related crustaceans, often collectively called also Epizoa, and made a class or order of that name. Most of them are known as fish-lice, In entomology, lice; in Latreille's system, a group of apterous insects, the third order of insects, corresponding to the Anoplura of Leach. Also Parasitica.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

The parasitae found on them differed from those usually found on the willow grouse.
"Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847" by John Rae