- a companion at meals
- Biol. either of the organisms living in commensalism
Origin of commensalMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin commensalis ; from Classical Latin com-, with + mensa, table: see mensal
designating, of, or like a commensal
Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected.
An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.
Origin of commensalMiddle English, sharing a meal, from Medieval Latin comm&emacron;nsalis : Latin com-, com- + Latin m&emacron;nsa, table.
- (ecology) An organism partaking in a commensal relationship.
- One who eats at the same table.
From Old French commensal, from Medieval Latin commensalis.