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 The emperor penguin's disappearance could also have a dramatic effect on the ecosystem there. Julia Musto, Fox News, 7 May 2022 In the Antarctic the food chain is relatively small and any change to a species that is lower in the food chain could impact the health of the emperor penguin (a predator). Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 In June 2011, for example, a juvenile emperor penguin washed ashore on Peka Peka Beach in New Zealand, some 2,000 miles from its coastal Antarctic home. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Named for the emperor penguin, which can dive to a depth of 1,800 feet, the coaster reaches speeds greater than 60 mph along the nearly 2,500-foot track. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 Blue penguins are native to the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand, warmer climates than where their emperor penguin relatives reside. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 18 Jan. 2022 Since climate change is the emperor penguin’s main threat, the potential Endangered Species Act listing could have significant ramifications. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 SeaWorld said the coaster will mimic the emperor penguin’s impressive underwater diving skills. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021 An emperor penguin colony in the Antarctic's Weddell Sea was effectively wiped out in 2016 because of record-low sea ice and early ice breakup, Jenouvrier said. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of emperor penguin

1844, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Emperor penguin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emperor%20penguin. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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