Pronounced: KLEM-uhnt, adj
Notes: You may know this word
The word commensal, as an adjective, means “eating together at the same table”. As a noun, it means “a table companion”
Note: This word also has a meaning in ecology: as an adjective, it means “organisms that live with, on, or in one another, without injury to either”. As a noun, it means an organism living this way.
Our word came into English in the mid- to late 1300s
Background / Comments
Our word came from Middle English, and in to Middle English from the Latin word commēnsālis, composed of com- (together) and mēnsālis (of, or pertaining to a table).