[ kuh-men-suhl ]
/ kəˈmɛn səl /
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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.
a companion at table.
Ecology. a commensal organism.
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Origin of commensal
OTHER WORDS FROM commensalcom·men·sal·ism, nouncom·men·sal·i·ty [kom-en-sal-i-tee], /ˌkɒm ɛnˈsæl ɪ ti/, nouncom·men·sal·ly, adverb
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How to use commensal in a sentence
Wiping out commensal microbes opened the door to opportunists.When Evolution Is Infectious - Issue 90: Something Green|Moises Velasquez-Manoff|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
The rule is a very ancient Semitic one, due to the old connection between sacrifice and commensality.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
Among the Greeks the right of commensality, or eating together, was restricted.
In some parts of Travancore, the latter do not even enjoy the privilege of commensality with the other Izhavas.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for commensal
/ (kəˈmɛnsəl) /
(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 tablecommensal pleasures
a commensal plant or animal
rare a companion at table
Derived forms of commensalcommensalism, nouncommensality (ˌkɒmɛnˈsælɪtɪ), nouncommensally, adverb
Word Origin for commensal
C14: from Medieval Latin commensālis, from Latin com- together + mensa table
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