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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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  • The broad thin "appendage" figured may have been a fragment of a thoracic segment.

  • The subject is a great one and cannot be adequately treated as an appendage to another.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Under these conditions, one end of the appendage harmonizes with the lantern and the other end with the wall.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • This appendage, there can be no doubt, originated with the basilicas of Italy.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • A recurving ridge, however, which has an appendage connected with it in the line of flow cannot be construed as a circuit.

    The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Did it ever occur to you that it must be disagreeable to Watch to have such an appendage to his tail?

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • This appendage is often found to measure eighteen inches in length!

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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