mess mate

messmate

[mes-meyt]
noun
a person, especially a friend, who is a member of a group regularly taking meals together, as in an army camp.

Origin:
1720–30; mess + mate1

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messmate (ˈmɛsˌmeɪt)
 
n
1.  a person with whom one shares meals in a mess, esp in the army
2.  (Austral) any of various eucalyptus trees that grow amongst other species

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