gentoo penguin


gen·​too penguin ˈjen-(ˌ)tü- How to pronounce gentoo penguin (audio)
: a penguin (Pygoscelis papua) of Antarctica and nearby islands with a gray back and throat, white underparts, and white spots above the eyes

called also gentoo

Examples of gentoo penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When gentoo penguins turn, their bellies face the inside of the turn, which is the opposite of what planes and flying birds do. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2023 While Adélie and chinstrap penguins remain stuck in their ancient ways come hell or warm water, the much more flexible gentoo penguins are ranging further and further south. Bill Weir, CNN, 26 Mar. 2023 The hundreds of gentoo penguins who’d built their rock nests there seemed totally unperturbed by the harsh conditions. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Mar. 2023 Scientists from Stony Brook University have discovered gentoo penguin colonies on Antarctica’s Andersson Island and on an unexplored archipelago off the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The young gentoo penguin in the picture jumped into the lagoon to play during low tide — and got ambushed by the leopard seal. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Most of these landings take place on the Antarctic peninsula and its adjacent islands, with the intention of visiting colonies of gentoo penguins. The Economist, 11 July 2019 First, belying their solitary reputation, the seals came together in groups to attack king penguins (twice the size of the gentoo penguin in the photograph) that were entering the sea from a rookery on the island. The Economist, 17 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Falkland Islands English, perhaps from gentoo (though allusion is obscure)

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentoo penguin was in 1860

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“Gentoo penguin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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