1) Eating together at the same table.
From M.L. commensalis, from → com- "with, together" + mensa (genitive mensalis) "table," → Mensa.
Ham-miz "(eating together) at the same table," from ham-, → com-, + miz "table," → Mensa.
Fr.: relevé commensal
A mode of → survey particularly in → radio astronomy such that two different observing goals are achieved simultaneously. Commensal survey necessitates compromises whenever necessary.
The Table Mountain. A faint constellation near the south celestial pole, at 5h right ascension, 80° south declination. It contains part of the → Large Magellanic Cloud, and its brightest star is of magnitude 5.1. Abbreviation Men; genitive Mensae.
First introduced by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) under the name Mons Mensae, from L. mons "mountain" + mensa "table" to refer to Table Mountain in South Africa. Lacaille made important early observations of the southern sky from the Cape Town region.
Mizkuh, from miz "table," originally "preparations for entertaining a guest; guest;" Mid.Pers. mêzd "offering, meal" + kuh→ mountain.