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parergon

[ pa-rur-gon ]
/ pæˈrɜr gɒn /
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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.

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Origin of parergon

First recorded in 1595–1605; <Latin parergon “extra ornament,” from Greek párergon “secondary business, side job,” noun use of neuter of párergos “beside the main subject, subordinate,” equivalent to par- par-1 + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix
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parergon
/ (pəˈrɛəɡɒn) /

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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