commensalism

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Etymology[edit]

commensal +‎ -ism

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəˈmɛnsəˌlɪzm̩/
  • Hyphenation: com‧men‧sal‧ism

Noun[edit]

commensalism (countable and uncountable, plural commensalisms)

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

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