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penguin

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noun pen·guin \ˈpen-gwən, ˈpeŋ-\

Simple Definition of penguin

  • : a black-and-white bird that cannot fly, that uses its wings for swimming, and that lives in or near the Antarctic

Full Definition of penguin

  1. :  any of various erect short-legged flightless aquatic birds (family Spheniscidae) of the southern hemisphere

Origin of penguin

obsolete English penguin great auk, perhaps from Welsh pen gwyn white head (applied to the bird in winter plumage)


First Known Use: 1588



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