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 (păt′ə-gō′nē-ə, -gōn′yə)
A tableland region of South America in southern Argentina and Chile extending from the Río Colorado to the Straits of Magellan and from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. The study of its indigenous inhabitants, the Tehuelche, and its unusual wildlife have attracted many scientific expeditions, including that of Charles Darwin (1831-1836).

Pat′a·go′ni·an adj. & n.


1. (Placename) the southernmost region of South America, in Argentina and Chile extending from the Andes to the Atlantic. Area: about 777 000 sq km (300 000 sq miles)
2. (Placename) an arid tableland in the southernmost part of Argentina, rising towards the Andes in the west


(ˌpæt əˈgoʊ ni ə, -ˈgoʊn yə)

a region in S South America, in S Argentina and S Chile, extending from the Andes to the Atlantic.
Pat`a•go′ni•an, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Patagonia - region in southern South America between the Andes and the South AtlanticPatagonia - region in southern South America between the Andes and the South Atlantic
Argentina, Argentine Republic - a republic in southern South America; second largest country in South America
Chile, Republic of Chile - a republic in southern South America on the western slopes of the Andes on the south Pacific coast
Patagonian Desert - a semiarid region in southern South America


[ˌpætəˈgəʊnɪə] NPatagonia f


nPatagonien nt
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Three of them ran something like the following, but I do not pretend to quote: -- Sacred To the Memory of John Talbot, Who, at the age of eighteen, was lost overboard, Near the Isle of Desolation, off Patagonia, November 1st,
One magnificent evening, the 30th July (that is to say, three weeks after our departure), the frigate was abreast of Cape Blanc, thirty miles to leeward of the coast of Patagonia.
He has been most interesting on the subject of Patagonia.
Next they said the ship should stop on the coast of Patagonia, for they must see the large and uncommon inhabitants of that place.
It ended on the coast of Patagonia, whither we had gone to shoot the great Sloth, known to be the largest of animals, though we found his size to have been under-estimated.
Ten years earlier he had lifted the chant, sung to the air of the "Doxology," when afflicted with the fever to go gold-mining in Patagonia.
He quickly demonstrated he was not crazy by shaking the fever from him and agreeing not to go to Patagonia.
The object of the expedition was to complete the survey of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, commenced under Captain King in 1826 to 1830, -- to survey the shores of Chile, Peru, and of some islands in the Pacific -- and to carry a chain of chronometrical measurements round the World.
Wrapping himself up in deep and imbecile secrecy he had gone in for the most fantastic schemes: a harbour and docks on the coast of Patagonia, quarries in Labrador--such like speculations.
They will discover the most remote areas through the trails of El Chaltenand view the unique wildlife of the region; from the impressive whales of Peninsula Valdes to the enormous vultures, Patagonia never lets anyone down.
Mr Jones will be attending the 't bach' to highlight a unique and priceless collection of documents relating to the establishment of the Welsh community in Patagonia 150 years ago held by the University's archive.
It caps off a week in which Mr Jones took part in a re-enactment of the Day of the Landing, marking 150 years since Welsh settlers landed in Patagonia, on a beach at Puerto Madryn.