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 After measuring the heart rates of diving emperor penguins and captive whales, researchers from the University of Stanford decided to try to measure the heart rates of wild whales. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "A blue whale's heartbeat has been recorded for the first time - and the results are fascinating," 26 Nov. 2019 A decade ago, members of the research team placed trackers on emperor penguins at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, monitoring their heart-rates as the birds dove in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Measure a Wild Blue Whale’s Heart Rate for the First Time," 19 Nov. 2019 In any case, the sculptures are sure to tickle some memory, because they’re based on the most iconic species, such as emperor penguins and European gray wolves. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "'Wild Rising' brings plastic penguins and secret messages to Desert Botanical Garden," 14 Oct. 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 Her eccentric mother, Sarah Mellon Scaife, tried to breed emperor penguins to waddle the grounds after the craze over Adm. Richard E. Byrd’s Antarctic expeditions. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out," 14 Aug. 2019 Born without the ability to sing, a young emperor penguin expresses himself and hopes to attract a mate through his amazing dancing talent. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The monster penguins, named Crossvallia waiparensis, would have been about twice the weight and 30 centimeters (1 foot) taller than the largest type of penguins alive today, emperor penguins. Washington Post, "Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans," 14 Aug. 2019 The largest living penguin species is the emperor penguin, which tops out at 4 feet. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘Monster penguin’ as big as a human lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of emperor penguin

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Emperor penguin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emperor%20penguin. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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