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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

"Host" would be the most correct term biologically, though it's more often associated with long-term parasites / guests that actually live in or on the host. If you want to avoid the "...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

From the perspective of a biologist This is NOT an example of a predator / prey relationship. By definition, a predator KILLS its prey. If the person whose blood is being taken generally lives, they ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

Disability pride seems like the most fitting term. Kathleen R. Bogart Ph.D., who has facial paralysis caused by Moebius syndrome, explains in a Psychology Today article: Like the early gay pride ...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

You say that the "suckee" receives a benefit — namely, good luck — in exchange for its blood. One could therefore argue that the relationship between sucker and suckee is symbiotic rather ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

Neurodiversity and neurodivergent have positive connotations which might work in your example sentence. Neurodiversity: “Neurodiverse” refers to a community of people whose members are ...
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What is it called when a word is abbreviated from the middle? (Ex: fridge from reFRIGErator)

Stuart and Edwin have identified the term "clipping". One example that's coming to mind is "still" when used as a noun for a piece of equipment used in distillation. But there's ...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

To answer this question, more perspective is required. Remember that you're not writing a technical paper. You're writing fantasy. The word choice depends on what kind of picture you want to paint. ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

Appreciation of differences My son has Tourette Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He realized in middle school that the flip side of the misery caused by his intrusive thoughts is his off-...
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Most common term for insect repellent in AmE

Note: I'm an avid outdoorsman (hiking, camping, etc.) and am basing this on my personal experience in the New York-area outdoors community. I understand "insect repellent" to be a hypernym ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

I don't believe there is a word for this yet, but poetry and literature are filled with examples of this theme. The Japanese have an art called kintsugi, which is the practice of mending broken ...
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Why is the word "oven" used to refer to a cremator in a concentration camp?

An oven is often defined as a heated enclosure used for the cooking of food. For example: Cambridge oven the part of a cooker with a door, used to bake or roast food There is a similar emphasis on ...
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What is this type of gauge/panel called, which is used to divert energy to different parts of an electrical system?

Electrical energy is not used that way; the source of energy unleashes as much energy as is needed by the load within certain limits which are always zero energy and a maximum that depends on the ...
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What is the difference between Vert/Verts and Vertex/Vertices?

For a point in a graph (or model), the singular form is "vertex" and the plural is "vertices". The plural "vertexes" is also sometimes used. a point (as of an angle, ...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

If the "suckee" agrees with the sucking to obtain a benefit, then "donor" might work. The donation might be voluntary or not, so it might need to be qualified: involuntary donor, ...
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Name of a circuit element. Switch or toggle?

A switch is a circuit element which is intended to connect or disconnect an electric current, so what you show is a switch. In UK usage the word 'switch' is often combined with another word to show ...
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Name of a circuit element. Switch or toggle?

The name of the symbol is "switch". See BBC Bitesize Electrical Circuit Symbols.
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Word for both position and time

Let's call it a snapshot. I am a special education advocate. I use psychoeducational evaluations of a child to present a snapshot of a child -- a description of the child's strengths, interests, and ...
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Word for both position and time

There isn’t really any term that you haven’t already considered. Here is a passage from “A Traveler's Guide To Spacetime”: A spacetime diagram is a useful tool for displaying the spacetime ...
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Word for both position and time

If your position in space includes all three dimensions, I think the physics term "spacetime" will suffice. In physics, spacetime is a mathematical model that combines the three dimensions ...
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Is there a word or phrase to define several words linked by hyphens, such as in "a sit-back-and-wait-for-it attitude"

Going with Lambie's suggestion that the asker intended to find a name for 'whole sentences' used as a modifier in a noun phrase, this phenomenon should be pretty straight forward to categorize. First, ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

There is a comics called Super-abled where the motto is "Disabled superheroes from disabled creators". It is a clever coinage; and coincidentally, there is the word superable (and the noun ...
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What is it called when a word is abbreviated from the middle? (Ex: fridge from reFRIGErator)

This Wikipedia article attests: Word formation/Clipping Clipping occurs whenever a word is shortened but nevertheless still retains its original meaning and belongs to the same word-class. ..............
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Why is the word "oven" used to refer to a cremator in a concentration camp?

From the OED, oven: A cremation chamber; spec. one in a Nazi concentration camp.In some contexts perhaps: a gas chamber (cf. gas oven n. 2). 1945 ‘G. Orwell’ Eng. your Eng. (1953) 54 Was it true ...
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What do you call work or tasks that are Not part of the main(highest priorty) work that a person is doing at the present time?

In the work that the OP describes, the cleanup is a task that must ultimately be performed. Here, it can be seen as a concurrent task, i.e. it can be executed at the same time as other tasks. This is ...
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What do you call work or tasks that are Not part of the main(highest priorty) work that a person is doing at the present time?

Sometimes that type of work is referred to as "housekeeping" -- i.e., "tasks that need to be done as a regular part of your work but are not the main purpose of your work."
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What is a word for thinking that there is a word for any concept/idea

In Computer Science, Turing-Complete is a concept concerning the Computer Languages. While some Computer languages can cover (or Express) only some algorithms, some Computer languages are Powerful ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

There is no such word or term and I don't believe there ever will be. I do believe the reason for that is that everyone knows disability is only ever a good thing if, for instance, a disabling wound ...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

I personally would go with the word host; it's what a doctor or a scientist (or anyone else) would use. Cambridge host: a plant or animal that another plant or animal lives on as a parasite
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Is there a single word for "deep-sea exploration/diving"?

A technical term used for the deep sea diving and exploration within the jargon of the deep sea branch of oceanography is benthic exploration. I've found this term used in various sources about ...
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Is it "falsy" or "falsey"?

Given that it is a term with a specific meaning used by programmers, I searched stackoverflow.com to see how that programming community have used it. 9,155 results for falsy (7,674 results for "...
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