Commensal Definition

kə-mĕnsəl
commensals
adjective
Designating, of, or like a commensal.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
ecotopic
noun
An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.
American Heritage Medicine
A companion at meals.
Webster's New World
Either of the organisms living in commensalism.
Webster's New World
One who eats at the same table.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Commensal

Noun

Singular:
commensal
Plural:
commensals

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

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