emperor penguin

noun

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

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Fear not, they are well represented: in an introductory big-screen video, in a vivid painting made by an early explorer and as a life-size emperor penguin model toward the end. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Antarctic Dinosaurs' bring new ice age to Field Museum," 13 June 2018 Another highlights a family of emperor penguins living in Antarctica. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "BBC Earth's "Dynasties" Pulls at Heartstrings With the Painted Wolves’ Fight for Survival," 12 Dec. 2018 Today, their sizes range from the blue penguin, just over a foot tall, to the emperor penguin, nearly three times as big. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 But unlike their bigger cousins the emperor penguins, king penguins can’t nest on ice so their choices are limited and may be hundreds or even thousands of miles from their current nesting areas. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "King Penguins Are Endangered by Warmer Seas," 26 Feb. 2018 Other features include a six-night stay at a luxury camp near the edge of the continent, a rare visit to an emperor penguin colony and an exploration of Antarctica ice caves. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Couture Collection tours at Silversea promise rare adventures," 29 June 2018 Two emperor penguins in Antarctica captured a short video of themselves after coming across a camera left on the ice by a human. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "These penguins found a camera in Antarctica and captured a surprisingly good ‘selfie’," 9 Mar. 2018 Two emperor penguins in Antarctica captured a short video of themselves after coming across a camera left on the ice by a human. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "These penguins found a camera in Antarctica and captured a surprisingly good ‘selfie’," 9 Mar. 2018 Two emperor penguins in Antarctica captured a short video of themselves after coming across a camera left on the ice by a human. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "These penguins found a camera in Antarctica and captured a surprisingly good ‘selfie’," 9 Mar. 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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