king penguin

noun

Definition of king penguin

: a large penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) chiefly of subantarctic areas with a yellow patch on the upper breast

Examples of king penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed a baby king penguin on Tuesday morning. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Newborn king penguin chick is in Cincinnati Zoo's Wings of the World habitat," 2 July 2020 The images revealed vast areas of bare rock that, just a few decades before, had been crowded with some 500,000 pairs of nesting king penguins and their chicks. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020 Weighing nearly 40 pounds and standing up to three feet high, king penguins are second only to emperor penguins in size. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 26 Mar. 2020 One last glimpse Eyes ahead: Boys dressed up in school uniforms pose with king penguins at the London Zoo, 1953. Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic, "What can archaeologists tell us about Jesus?," 23 Dec. 2019 The Gentoo, chinstrap and king penguins and sea lions are speedy eaters. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "You saved 15 minutes on Amtrak’s new nonstop service to NYC. Now what?," 14 Aug. 2019 We’re introduced to Ursula, a king penguin born and raised on South Georgia Island off Antarctica. Patrick J. Kiger, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Wildhood’ explores how teens have a surprising amount in common with adolescent animals," 26 Sep. 2019 Nebraska Omaha: Two king penguin chicks that hatched in March are now on display at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 Zoo Berlin officials announced that two of its male king penguins, Skipper and Ping, have eagerly adopted an egg. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of king penguin

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“King penguin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king%20penguin. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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