One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small piece of ground, a cottage, etc., forming a dependent or subsidiary part of an estate; (in later use especially) such a part separately sublet.
2Generally. A thing dependent on another; a subsidiary, an appurtenance, an appendage.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Pitfirrane Writs. From post-classical Latin pendiculum hanging ornament, tassel, hook, handle, curtain, land or building that is a dependent part of an estate (frequently 1481–1573 in Scottish sources) from classical Latin pendēre to hang + -culum; compare -cle.
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