- 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
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Examples from the Web for appendage
So many were arrested in Leningrad, the poet Anna Akhmatova said, that the city “dangled like an appendage from its prisons….”When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
Or, one of the measures might resurface as an appendage to an unrelated law.Why Arizona is Retreating on its Immigration Law
Terry Greene Sterling
March 19, 2011
Bloggers brought another microphone to an already crowded GOP media table and became an appendage of talk radio.Why the GOP Lost the Web Race
May 20, 2009
The subject is a great one and cannot be adequately treated as an appendage to another.Timaeus
This appendage, there can be no doubt, originated with the basilicas of Italy.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
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
Proximal: that part of an appendage nearest the body: see distal.
Simple, Simplex: without process, armature, or appendage of any kind.
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A part or organ attached to a main structure and subordinate in function or size.
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