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[uh-pen-dij] /əˈpɛn dɪdʒ/
a subordinate part attached to something; an auxiliary part; addition.
Anatomy, Zoology. any member of the body diverging from the axial trunk.
Botany, Mycology. any subsidiary part superadded to another part.
a person in a subordinate or dependent position, especially a servile or parasitic follower.
Origin of appendage
1640-50; append + -age
Related forms
appendaged, adjective
unappendaged, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appendage
  • As the golden appendage proves, they also know a little something about accessorizing.
  • But for all kinds of technical legal reasons, that appendage was at the centre of the case.
  • After seven hours of surgery, the appendage was successfully reattached.
  • Let go and it clamps shut, forming a solidly-joined appendage that works as a kickstand.
  • In varieties of milkweed known to be pollinated by insects, the groove catches on a small appendage on an insect body.
  • Or it is an appendage of a human cymbal that jumps up and down.
  • And the card of blackboard specials that's distributed with every menu has an appendage clipped to it and dangling from it.
  • Since then, the automobile has been an indulgence for the wealthy and an appendage to the important.
  • The invisible hand is a metaphor, not a transcendent appendage.
British Dictionary definitions for appendage


an ancillary or secondary part attached to a main part; adjunct
(zoology) any organ that projects from the trunk of animals such as arthropods
(botany) any subsidiary part of a plant, such as a branch or leaf
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Word Origin and History for appendage

1640s, from append + -age.

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appendage in Medicine

appendage ap·pend·age (ə-pěn'dĭj)
A part or organ attached to a main structure and subordinate in function or size.

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