messmate

[mes-meyt]

Origin of messmate

First recorded in 1720–30; mess + mate1
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messmate

noun
  1. a person with whom one shares meals in a mess, esp in the army
  2. Australian any of various eucalyptus trees that grow amongst other species
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Word Origin and History for messmate
n.

1746, from mess (n.) + mate (n.).

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