follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

patagium

[puh-tey-jee-uh m] /pəˈteɪ dʒi əm/
noun, plural patagia
[puh-tey-jee-uh] /pəˈteɪ dʒi ə/ (Show IPA)
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
1820-1830
1820-30; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin patagium tunic border
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for patagium
  • They do not actually fly, but glide using a membrane called a patagium that extends from their wrists to their ankles.
  • It is definitely enough for the flying squirrel, whose aerodynamic specialty comes courtesy of a swatch of skin called a patagium.
  • The patagium extended from the wrist of the foreleg to the ankle of the hind leg.
  • Wing-tags were secured to the birds with a single rivet attached through the patagium.
British Dictionary definitions for patagium

patagium

/pəˈteɪdʒɪəm/
noun (pl) -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
Word Origin
C19: New Latin from Latin, from Greek patageion gold border on a tunic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for patagium

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for patagium

13
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for patagium