One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a South American Indian people inhabiting a region in southern Argentina and Chile, and alleged by early European travellers to be the tallest known people.
Mid 16th century. From Spanish patagón inhabitant of Patagonia from Patagón, the name of a dog-headed monster in the Spanish romance Primaleón, perhaps because the Patagonian people Magellan met in 1520 had dog-head battle masks or because of their physical size.
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