[...] Italic: Latin: mēnsa
[ Wiktionary : ]
- a table
- a table of food; meal, course, feast
- an altar (sacrificial table)
- vocative singular of mēnsa
2 reminds me of the semantic shift of the English 'meal', from this same PIE root to >repast or time for eating<. But what explains the semantic shift to 1 or 3?
Is it as direct and simple as the fact that tables were used by the Romans to eat?