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Parasites

cryptosporidium

noun

a parasite found in water that causes stomach infections

flea

noun

a small jumping insect that lives on animals and bites them

hookworm

noun

a long thin creature that lives in the intestines of humans and other animals, and that can cause disease

host

noun

a plant or animal that has another plant or animal, called a parasite, living on it

leech

noun

a small soft creature that sticks to the skin of other animals in order to feed on their blood. Leeches were often used in the past as a type of medical treatment.

lice

noun

small insects that live on people’s skin and in their hair. Lice is the plural of louse.

louse

noun

a small insect that lives on the bodies of animals and people

mite

noun

a very small insect that lives in foods, on plants, or on animals

parasite

noun

a plant or animal that lives in or on another type of animal and feeds on it

roundworm

noun

a small worm that lives in the stomachs of people and some animals

tapeworm

noun

a long flat worm that can live inside someone’s body and make them very ill

tick

noun

an insect that sucks your blood

varroa mite

noun

a very small insect that is a parasite of honey bees and gives them a disease called varroatosis that kills them

worms

noun

small creatures that look like worms and live inside the body of a person or animal and make them ill

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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