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Borrowed from Latin pendulus (pendant), from pendō (to hang down).


pendulous (comparative more pendulous, superlative most pendulous)

  1. Hanging from, or as if from, a support.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 103:
      The prehistorian Andre Leroi-Gourhan has identified it as "a woman holding a bison horn." With her large pendulous breasts, great stomach, and immense hips, this Paleolithic Madonna is of a type found with countless other figurines in excavations from Spain to the Soviet Union.
  2. indecisive or hesitant
  3. (biology) having branches etc. that bend downwards; drooping or weeping