- 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 commēnsālis Latin com- com- Latin mēnsa table
- (ecology) An organism partaking in a commensal relationship.
- One who eats at the same table.
From Old French commensal, from Medieval Latin commensalis.