a person, especially a friend, who is a member of a group regularly taking meals together, as in an army camp.

Origin of messmate

First recorded in 1720–30; mess + mate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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