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 There are some 600,000 emperor penguins remaining in the wild. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Mar. 2024 Ultimate Penguin On-Ice Experience and Viewing of Pearl: For the first time, guests will be invited to step onto the snow among six different penguin species, including the emperor penguins, at Penguin Encounter. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 In 2022, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the continent’s emperor penguins are threatened with extinction due to climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2024 If an ice sheet breaks up before a colony of emperor penguins sees its chicks fledge, the young birds will fall into the water and die, Fretwell said. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Penguin poop that is visible from space helped a scientist discover four new colonies of emperor penguins — a species threatened by extinction. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 New satellite imagery reveals four previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 The piles of poop led to the discovery of four previously unknown colonies of emperor penguins, a species threatened by climate change, according to a Jan. 24 news release from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 The number of emperor penguin colonies known to scientists has now grown from 62 to 66 with Fretwell's discovery. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emperor penguin was in 1844

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“Emperor penguin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emperor%20penguin. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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