king penguin


Definition of king penguin

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

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Recent Examples on the Web But for Charles Bergman, one king penguin stands out. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 The response to that king penguin could have taken a number of different forms. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 In March 2019, another distinctive king penguin was spotted and photographed by Jeff Mauritzen while on an expedition at St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia island, reports Douglas Main for National Geographic. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2021 The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed a baby king penguin on Tuesday morning. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 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, 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, 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, 23 Dec. 2019 The Gentoo, chinstrap and king penguins and sea lions are speedy eaters. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of king penguin

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“King penguin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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