Definition of kleptoparasite in English:

kleptoparasite

noun

Zoology
  • A bird, insect, or other animal which habitually robs animals of other species of food.

    • ‘However, they are in competition with other kleptoparasites for opportunities to steal food.’
    • ‘Moreover, larger hunting parties are less likely to lose kills to kleptoparasites because they reduce carcass access time.’
    • ‘We captured and marked three gulls in 1995; two others were identifiable by unique markings in both years, so in some instances we knew the identity of the kleptoparasite.’
    • ‘Collections were transported on ice to Flinders University, where census data were obtained from intact galls without kleptoparasites.’

Origin

1950s: from Greek kleptēs ‘thief’ + parasite.

Pronunciation

kleptoparasite

/ˌklɛptə(ʊ)ˈparəsʌɪt/