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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.
[Middle English, sharing a meal, from Medieval Latin commēnsālis : Latin com-, com- + Latin mēnsa, table.]
1. (Biology) (of two different species of plant or animal) living in close association, such that one species benefits without harming the other
2. rare of or relating to eating together, esp at the same table: commensal pleasures.
3. (Biology) a commensal plant or animal
4. rare a companion at table
[C14: from Medieval Latin commensālis, from Latin com- together + mensa table]
1. (of an animal, plant, fungus, etc.) living with, on, or in another, without injury to either.n.
2. a commensal organism.
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|Noun||1.||commensal - either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent|
|Adj.||1.||commensal - living in a state of commensalism|