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Meaning of COMMENSAL

Pronunciation:  ku'mensul

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

COMMENSAL is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: being, organism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Com*men"sal\, a.
    Having the character of a commensal.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A type of symbiosis where two (or more) organisms from different species live in close proximity to one another, in which one member is unaffected by the relationship and the other benefits from it.
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