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From Old French commensal, from Medieval Latin commensalis.

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commensal (not comparable)

  1. (ecology) of a form of symbiosis in which one organism derives a benefit while the other is unaffected
  2. Eating at the same table.

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commensal (plural commensals)

  1. (ecology) An organism partaking in a commensal relationship.
    • 2001, Yann Martel, Life of Pi, Canongate (2003), ISBN 184195392X, page 260:
      The tree did indeed grow right out of the algae, as I had seen from the lifeboat. There was not the least trace of soil. Either there was soil deeper down, or this species of tree was a remarkable instance of a commensal or a parasite.
  2. One who eats at the same table.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Medieval Latin commensālis.

AdjectiveEdit

commensal (feminine singular commensale, masculine plural commensaux, feminine plural commensales)

  1. commensal

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commensal m (plural commensaux)

  1. commensal

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