EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective eating together at the same table. . Ecology (of an animal, plant, fungus, etc.) living with, on, or in another, without injury to either. . Sociology (of a person or group) not competing while residing in or occupying the same area as another individual or group having independent or different values or customs. noun a companion at table. . Ecology a commensal organism. Origin of commensal
First recorded in
1350–1400; Middle English
mensal 2 Related forms com·men·sal·ism, noun com·men·sal·i·ty , [kom-en- sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒm ɛnˈsæl ɪ ti/ noun com·men·sal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for commensal Historical Examples of commensal British Dictionary definitions for commensal adjective (of two different species of plant or animal) living in close association, such that one species benefits without harming the other rare of or relating to eating together, esp at the same table commensal pleasures noun a commensal plant or animal rare a companion at table Derived Forms commensalism, noun commensality ( ˌkɒmɛnˈsælɪtɪ), noun commensally, adverb Word Origin for commensal
C14: from Medieval Latin
commensālis, from Latin com- together + mensa table
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Word Origin and History for commensal n.
"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.
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adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected. n. An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.
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