gentoo penguin

noun
gen·too penguin | \ ˈjen-(ˌ)tü- \

Definition of gentoo penguin 

: 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

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Sign up to participate in sea kayaking excursions and paddle alongside porpoising chinstrap, Adélie, and gentoo penguins. Ashton Palmer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Antarctica," 5 Oct. 2016 Shedd moved its colony from cold to more moderate temperatures after a renovation in 2009; that meant goodbye to the gentoo penguins from the Antarctic. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "It's baby penguin season across Chicago: Cuteness overload or something more?," 11 Apr. 2018 There are the gentoo penguins that act like little football linebackers and launch themselves out of the pool to knock another penguin down. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A couple at SeaWorld devoted to taking care of birds — and each other," 12 Feb. 2018 The gentoo penguin colony at Ardley Island have called this little piece of Antarctica home for nearly 7,000 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Penguin Colony’s Rise and Fall, Recorded in Poop," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of gentoo penguin

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentoo penguin

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

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