patagium

[ puh-tey-jee-uhm ]
/ pəˈteɪ dʒi əm /

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.

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Origin of patagium

1820–30; <New Latin, special use of Latin patagium tunic border
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British Dictionary definitions for patagium

patagium
/ (pəˈteɪdʒɪəm) /

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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