appendage

noun ap·pend·age \ ə-ˈpen-dij \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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 (such as a seta)
3
[appendant]
:a dependent or subordinate person

Examples of appendage in a Sentence

  1. The court system acts as an appendage to the government.

  2. an appendage of a larger political party

Recent Examples of appendage from the Web

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The Root of appendage

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

1647


APPENDAGE Defined for English Language Learners

appendage

noun

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

appendage

noun ap·pend·age \ ə-ˈpen-dij \

Definition of appendage for Students

:something (as a leg) attached to a larger or more important thing

Medical Dictionary

appendage

noun ap·pend·age \ ə-ˈpen-dij \

medical Definition of appendage

:a subordinate or derivative body part; especially :a limb or analogous part (as a seta)


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