gentoo penguin

noun
gen·​too penguin | \ ˈjen-(ˌ)tü- How to pronounce gentoo penguin (audio) \

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

Examples of gentoo penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Contrary to the fears of some, penguins and people do mix," 11 July 2019 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, "Contrary to the fears of some, penguins and people do mix," 11 July 2019 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, "Contrary to the fears of some, penguins and people do mix," 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, "Leopard seals share their suppers," 17 Aug. 2019 Some island-dwellers can be found in warmer climates, but most—including emperor, adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins—reside in and around icy Antarctica. Elissa Nuñez, National Geographic, "Penguins," 16 Aug. 2019 Keepers at Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium in Australia welcomed a baby gentoo penguin, Sphengic, lovingly named for her adoptive dads, Sphen and Magic. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo," 13 Aug. 2019 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, "Contrary to the fears of some, penguins and people do mix," 11 July 2019 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, "Contrary to the fears of some, penguins and people do mix," 11 July 2019

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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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“Gentoo penguin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentoo%20penguin. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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