par·​er·​gon | \ paˈrərˌgän \
plural parerga\ -​gə \

Definition of parergon

1 : something subordinate or accessory especially : an ornamental accessory or embellishment
2 : a subordinate activity or work : work undertaken in addition to one's main employment a parergon, pondered and written during … moments of leisure— J. D. Wilson

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History and Etymology for parergon

Latin, from Greek, from par- para- entry 1 + ergon work

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“Parergon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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