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appendage

1. Zoology any organ that projects from the trunk of animals such as arthropods
2. Botany any subsidiary part of a plant, such as a branch or leaf
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appendage

[ə′pen·dij]
(biology)
Any subordinate or nonessential structure associated with a major body part.
(naval architecture)
Any fitting installed outside the underwater hull proper, such as a rudder, shaft, shaft strut, and bilge keel.
(zoology)
Any jointed, peripheral extension, especially limbs, of arthropod and vertebrate bodies.
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Not a whit less reticent and wooden was Mr Flintwinch outwardly, than in the usual course of things: the only perceptible difference in him being that the knot of cravat which was generally under his ear, had worked round to the back of his head: where it formed an ornamental appendage not unlike a bagwig, and gave him something of a courtly appearance.
Having completed the construction of this appendage, he surveyed his work with great complacency, and put his hat on again--very much over one eye, to increase the mournfulness of the effect.
The Crito may also be regarded as a sort of appendage to the Apology, in which Socrates, who has defied the judges, is nevertheless represented as scrupulously obedient to the laws.
He becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is required of him.
Many crustacean swimming appendages carry arrays of plumose setae--exoskelet al., feather-like structures of long bristles (setae) with short branches (setules) distributed along two sides.
All that the prints suggest was they were formed by some kind of bilaterian animal which had multiple paired appendages, like arthropods and annelids, to raise its body above the water-sediment interface.
"At least three living groups of animals have paired appendages (represented by arthropods such as bumblebees, annelids such as bristle worms, and tetrapods such as humans).
Mechanical intestinal obstruction is not a real manifestation of the disease because those small appendages (inflamed or not) cannot easily obstruct the small or large intestines because of their small sizes.
The minimal vasculature and pedunculated shape predisposes the appendages to circulatory obstructions through either spontaneous thromboses or torsion of the appendage [3, 4].
The mortality rate among experimental embryos was around 28% and spiders in this group had various deformities of appendages (oligomely, schistomely, heterosymely).
TV3's Elaine Crowley has slammed the men who send her explicit pictures of their "appendages".