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commensal

adjective com·men·sal \kə-ˈmen(t)-səl\

Definition of COMMENSAL

:  of, relating to, or living in a state of commensalism <commensal organisms>
commensal noun
com·men·sal·ly \-sə-lē\ adverb

Origin of COMMENSAL

Middle English, from Medieval Latin commensalis, from Latin com- + Late Latin mensalis of the table, from Latin mensa table
First Known Use: 1877

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with COMMENSAL

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commensal

adjective com·men·sal \kə-ˈmen(t)-səl\

Medical Definition of COMMENSAL

:  of, relating to, or living in a state of commensalism
commensal noun
com·men·sal·ly \-sə-lē\ adverb

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