patagium

[ puh-tey-jee-uhm ]

noun,plural pa·ta·gi·a [puh-tey-jee-uh]. /pəˈteɪ dʒi ə/.
  1. a wing membrane, as of a bat.

  2. the extensible fold of skin of certain insects or of a gliding mammal or reptile, as a flying squirrel.

  1. either of two small processes on the anterior thorax, found especially among butterflies and moths.

Origin of patagium

1
1820–30; <New Latin, special use of Latin patagium tunic border

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patagium

/ (pəˈteɪdʒɪəm) /


nounplural -gia (-dʒɪə)
  1. a web of skin between the neck, limbs, and tail in bats and gliding mammals that functions as a wing

  2. a membranous fold of skin connecting margins of a bird's wing to the shoulder

Origin of patagium

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

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