noun, plural par·er·ga [pa-rur-guh] /pæˈrɜr gə/.

something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.

Origin of parergon

1595–1605; < Greek párergon, noun use of neuter of párergos beside the main subject, subordinate, equivalent to par- par- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ga (-ɡə)

work that is not one's main employment

Word Origin for parergon

C17: from Latin, from Greek, from para- 1 + ergon work
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