something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
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How to use parergon in a sentence
parergon, pa-rėr′gon, n. a by-work, any work subsidiary to another.
Ei d toutous ektrapomenos exelenchoimi, meizon an moi to parergon tou ergou genoito.On the Natural Faculties | Galen
Two lines on ploughing are quoted from ‘liber parergon,’ i., but it is not certain whether this is an independent work.The Student's Companion to Latin Authors | George Middleton
By 1595 the number of maps had increased to 119, including a parergon or supplement of 12 maps illustrating ancient history.
Sometimes this making or doing was their profession; sometimes it was a parergon carried on deliciously in leisure hours.The House by the River | A. P. Herbert
British Dictionary definitions for parergon
work that is not one's main employment
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