One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Collections were transported on ice to Flinders University, where census data were obtained from intact galls without kleptoparasites.’
- ‘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.’
Late 20th century: from Greek kleptēs ‘thief’ + parasite.
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