Commensal meaning

kə-mĕnsəl
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Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected.
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An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.
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Either of the organisms living in commensalism.
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A companion at meals.
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Designating, of, or like a commensal.
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Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected.
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An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.
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(ecology) Of a form of symbiosis in which one organism derives a benefit while the other is unaffected.
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(ecology) An organism partaking in a commensal relationship.
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One who eats at the same table.
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Origin of commensal

  • Middle English sharing a meal from Medieval Latin commēnsālis Latin com- com- Latin mēnsa table

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French commensal, from Medieval Latin commensalis.

    From Wiktionary