- a fold of skin between the fore and hind limbs of bats, flying squirrels, etc., enabling them to fly or glide through the air
- a fold of skin between the shoulder and forepart of a bird's wing
Origin of patagiumModern Latin from L, gold edging of a tunic, border from Classical Greek patageion from patagein, to rustle
- A thin membrane extending between the body and a limb to form a wing or winglike extension, as in bats and flying squirrels.
- An expandable membranous fold of skin between the wing and body of a bird.
Origin of patagiumLatin patagium gold edging on a woman's tunic perhaps from Greek patageion from patagos clatter of imitative origin
From Latin patagÄ«um (“gilded edging of a woman's tunic"), from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Ï„Î±Î³Îµá¿–Î¿Î½ (patageion).