- a tableland region of southern Argentina.
- a region in S South America, in S Argentina and S Chile, extending from the Andes to the Atlantic.
Examples from the Web for patagonian
Now his memoirs, The Patagonian Hare, published at age 84 in 2009 to unanimous acclaim in France, have been released in English.Claude Lanzmann on 'Shoah', His Memoir, and the Banality of Evil
June 11, 2012
Yes, but Drake declares that the English are taller than the tallest Patagonian?
It was very fat and would make an excellent dish, the Patagonian said.
The Patagonian could not mistake him now—water was not far off.
This startled the Patagonian, and made him rise to his feet at once.
But his compliments were lost on the Patagonian, for he did not understand a single syllable.
- of or relating to Patagonia or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Patagonia
- the southernmost region of South America, in Argentina and Chile extending from the Andes to the Atlantic. Area: about 777 000 sq km (300 000 sq miles)
- an arid tableland in the southernmost part of Argentina, rising towards the Andes in the west
Word Origin and History for patagonian
South American region, with -ia + Patagon, name given by Europeans to the Tehuelche people who inhabited the coasts of the region, sometimes said to mean literally "large-foot," from Spanish and Portuguese pata "paw, animal foot" (see patten) in reference to the people's llama-skin shoes. But elsewhere said to be from Patagon, name of a dog-headed monster in the prose romance "Amadís de Gaula" (1508) by Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo (which also might have yielded California).