emperor penguin


Definition of emperor penguin

: a penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) that is the largest known and that is noted for the male's habit of incubating the egg between the feet and a fold of abdominal skin resembling a pouch

called also emperor

Examples of emperor penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Antarctica With new satellite images of Antarctica’s coastline, scientists have identified 11 new emperor penguin colonies, 20% more than researchers thought existed on the continent. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: New penguin colonies discovered, and more," 28 Aug. 2020 Rusty-brown streaks of penguin poo seen from space have led to the discovery of eight new colonies of emperor penguin, reports Carolyn Gramling of Science News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Satellites Spy Poop-Stained Ice, Revealing New Emperor Penguin Colonies," 10 Aug. 2020 Using space technology to identify guano, or penguin poop stains on the sea ice, scientists discovered there are about 20 percent more emperor penguin colonies than were previously recorded. TheWeek, "Scientists discover 11 new penguin colonies in Antarctica. But it's not all good news.," 5 Aug. 2020 Weighing nearly 40 pounds and standing up to three feet high, king penguins are second only to emperor penguins in size. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 26 Mar. 2020 These emperor penguins, far from the South Pole, are marching along the ice on Cape Washington on Antarctica's Ross Sea. National Geographic, "Why is protecting butterflies so dangerous?," 6 Feb. 2020 Now, the emperor penguins may be headed toward extinction not because of the cold, but because of warming caused by climate change, according to a new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. BostonGlobe.com, "Now, the emperor penguins may be headed toward extinction not because of the cold, but because of warming caused by climate change, according to a new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.," 8 Nov. 2019 The iconic emperor penguins could all but vanish by the end of the century, another new report projects. Cheryl Katz, National Geographic, "Warming at the poles will soon be felt globally in rising seas, extreme weather," 4 Dec. 2019 Research on how emperor penguins endure extreme pressure during deep dives has led to improvements in anesthesia. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of emperor penguin

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Emperor penguin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emperor%20penguin. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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