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[puh-tey-jee-uh m] /pəˈteɪ dʒi əm/
noun, plural patagia
[puh-tey-jee-uh] /pəˈteɪ dʒi ə/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin of patagium
1820-30; < New Latin, special use of Latin patagium tunic border Unabridged
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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


noun (pl) -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
C19: New Latin from Latin, from Greek patageion gold border on a tunic
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