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pend·ent / ˈpendənt/ • adj. 1. hanging down or overhanging: pendent lichens. 2. undecided; pending: the use of jurisdiction to decide pendent claims. 3. Gram. (esp. of a sentence) incomplete; not having a finite verb. DERIVATIVES: pen·den·cy n.

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pendent Applied to the attitude of the stipes that hang downwards from the sicula in graptolites (Graptolithina). This is the more primitive condition, from which other graptoloid (Graptoloidea) stocks arose.

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pendent hanging, overhanging XV; (gram.) XIX. ME. penda(u)nt (later latinized) — (O)F. pendant, prp. of pendre :- Gallo-Rom. *pendere, for L. pendēre hang, rel. to pendere weigh, pondus weight; see -ENT.

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