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pirinoa

1. (modifier) parasitic.

He kino te mahi a ētahi huakita pirinoa. Arā he mate ka hua mai i te whakaputanga tāoke a te huakita (RP 2009:204). / The effects of some parasitic bacteria are harmful. That is, illness results from bacteria that become toxic.

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2. (noun) parasite.

Ko tētahi o ō rāua uri ko Pepetuna, arā, he pirinoa ka kai i te pūriri (Te Ara 2015). / One of their descendants was Pepetuna, the pūriri moth, a parasite that eats the pūriri tree.

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3. (noun) yellow mistletoe, Alepis flavida - a hemiparasitic shrub with thick bright green to yellow-green leaves. Flowers yellow and fruit oval and yellow. Found mainly on tāwhai species.

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4. (noun) green mistletoe, Ileostylus micranthus - a hemiparasitic shrub with thick leaves of various shapes. Flowers greenish yellow and fruit pale yellow. Found on a range of hosts throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

See also pirita


5. (noun) scarlet mistletoe, Peraxilla colensoi - a hemiparasitic bushy shrub with thick leaves and obscured viens. Flowers red, long and narrow, fruit oval and yellow. Found on tawhai, pōhutukawa and Pittosporum species.

See also pirita


6. (noun) white mistletoe, Tupeia antarctica - a hemiparasitic shrub with broad to narrow leaves. Flowers yellow or yellow-green and fruit white to pink, often speckled darker pink. Found particularly on tarata, maire raunui and whauwhaupaku.

See also tāpia

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