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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.
1640-50; append + -age
Related forms
appendaged, adjective
unappendaged, adjective Unabridged
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  • At first they were appendages of city parks, something to go with the bandstand and the boating lake.
  • Among these severed appendages were those of children.
  • The study looked at the additional effort required to swing armor-plated appendages through a typical range of motion.
  • One early theory suggested that females in larger species could use these appendages for anti-predator defense.
  • Their lower appendages are adapted to help them climb trees with ease.
  • The actors and the story are mere appendages of the action and pyrotechnics.
  • Under the tail are found several pairs of appendages.
  • Weathered faces become fully frostbitten, and various appendages slam against the rock.
  • To accomplish goals such as reaching for a meal or swimming, however, an octopus must be able to control its eight appendages.
  • It remains uncertain whether the yeti crab's hairy appendages might help detect currents in the water.
British Dictionary definitions for appendages


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 appendages



1640s, from append + -age.

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appendages 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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