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1Of or relating to a parasite of a parasite; = "hyperparasitic". Compare superparasitism. rare.
2Chiefly Entomology. Relating to or characterized by the infestation of a host by more than one parasite or parasitoid of the same species.
3Figurative. Particularly successful as a parasite; exceptionally parasitic in character. Compare superparasite. rare.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From super- + parasitic.
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