Definition of appendage
1 : an adjunct to something larger or more important : appurtenance
2 : a usually projecting part of an animal or plant body that is typically smaller and of less functional importance than the main part to which it is attached; especially : a limb or analogous part (as a seta)
3 [appendant] : a dependent or subordinate person
Examples of appendage in a sentence
The court system acts as an appendage to the government.
an appendage of a larger political party
Did You Know?
Appendix isn't the only noun that comes from append. Unlike appendix, appendage doesn't suggest the end of something, but simply something attached. The word is often used in biology to refer to parts of an animal's body: an insect's antennae, mouthparts, or wings, for example. The appendages of some animals will grow back after they've been removed; a salamander, for example, can regrow a finger, and the tiny sea squirt can regrow all its appendages—and even its brain.
First Known Use of appendage
APPENDAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appendage for English Language Learners
medical : a body part (such as an arm or a leg) connected to the main part of the body
: something connected or joined to a larger or more important thing
APPENDAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of appendage for Students
: something (as a leg) attached to a larger or more important thing
Medical Definition of appendage
: a subordinate or derivative body part; especially : a limb or analogous part (as a seta)
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