noun Date: 1647 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

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