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1Biology. A parasite of a parasite; = "hyperparasite".
2A particularly successful or resistant parasite.
3Chiefly Entomology. A parasite or parasitoid which multiply infests a host; an additional parasite (of the same species) of an already parasitized host.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From super- + parasite.
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