[puh-tey-jee-uh m]

noun, plural pa·ta·gi·a [puh-tey-jee-uh] /pəˈteɪ dʒi ə/.

a wing membrane, as of a bat.
the extensible fold of skin of certain insects or of a gliding mammal or reptile, as a flying squirrel.
either of two small processes on the anterior thorax, found especially among butterflies and moths.

Nearby words

  1. pat-down,
  2. pat.,
  3. pat. off.,
  4. pat. pend.,
  5. pataca,
  6. patagonia,
  7. patagonian,
  8. patagonian hare,
  9. patagonian toothfish,
  10. pataka

Origin of patagium

1820–30; < New Latin, special use of Latin patagium tunic border Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patagium


noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)

a web of skin between the neck, limbs, and tail in bats and gliding mammals that functions as a wing
a membranous fold of skin connecting margins of a bird's wing to the shoulder

Word Origin for patagium

C19: New Latin from Latin, from Greek patageion gold border on a tunic

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