Origin of commensal
Examples from the Web for commensal
Pinnixa cylindrica, a related species, lives in the tubes of large annelid worms as a commensal.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
From them Schaudinn decided that the poisonous action of the mosquito bite is caused by an enzyme from a commensal fungus.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
The subcaste or commensal group was the direct evolutionary product of the pre-existing tribe.
Plants or other materials used in their construction and any commensal arthropods present were saved and later identified.
Chance must play a very considerable part in first bringing symbiotic or commensal partners together.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
Word Origin for commensal
"one who eats at the same table" (as another), c.1400, from Old French commensal (15c.), from Medieval Latin commensalis, from com- "together" (see com-) + mensa (genitive mensalis) "table" (see mesa). Biological sense attested from 1870.