Definitions for: Commensal

[n] either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
[adj] (biology) living in a state of commensalism

Webster (1913) Definition: Com*men"sal, n. [LL. commensalis; L. com- + mensa
table: cf. F. commensal. Cf. Mensal.]
1. One who eats at the same table. [Obs.]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An animal, not truly parasitic, which lives in,
with, or on, another, partaking usually of the same food.
Both species may be benefited by the association.

Com*men"sal, a.
Having the character of a commensal.

See Also: being, organism

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