patagia

patagium

[puh-tey-jee-uhm]
noun, plural patagia [puh-tey-jee-uh] .
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.
3.
either of two small processes on the anterior thorax, found especially among butterflies and moths.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin patagium tunic border

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patagium (pəˈteɪdʒɪəm)
 
n , pl -gia
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
 
[C19: New Latin from Latin, from Greek patageion gold border on a tunic]

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