Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology: A sclerite attached to the lateral border of the mesoscutum and covering the base of the fore wing, as in hymenopterous insects. (See pterygoda and operculum .) A similar formation of lepidopterous insects is known as the patagium, scapula, or shoulder-tippet.
- n. A little membrane covering the metathoracic spiracle of dipterous insects: also called squama, prchalter, and covering-scale.
- n. entomology A small sclerite situated above the base of the costal vein in the wings of various insects, and attached to the anterolateral portion of the mesonotum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small appendage situated above the base of the wings of Hymenoptera and attached to the mesonotum.
- From Latin tegula ("a tile"), from tegō ("I cover"). (Wiktionary)
“Patagium - ia: in Lepidoptera, those sclerites that cover the base of primaries: often used as synonymous with tegula and squamula, q.v.: assigned by some writers to the pro -, by others to the meso-thorax: homologized with the paraptera of meso-thorax.”
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