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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of penguin

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

Origin and Etymology 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


PENGUIN Defined for Kids

penguin

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noun pen·guin \ˈpen-gwən, ˈpeŋ-\

Definition of penguin for Students

  1. :  a short-legged seabird that cannot fly, uses its stiff wings for swimming, and is found in the colder regions of the southern hemisphere





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