mess mate


a person, especially a friend, who is a member of a group regularly taking meals together, as in an army camp.

1720–30; mess + mate1 Unabridged
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messmate (ˈmɛsˌmeɪt)
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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