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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A symbiotic relationship between two organisms of different species in which one derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.

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  • n. A sharing of the same environment by two organisms where one species benefits and the other is unaffected. An example is barnacles on whales.
  • n. The act of eating together; table fellowship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of eating together; table fellowship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Commensal existence or mode of living; the state of being commensal; commensality. Also called symbiosis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the relation between two different kinds of organisms when one receives benefits from the other without damaging it

Etymologies

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commensal +‎ -ism

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