king penguin


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both locations began creating a plan to incubate, transport, and transfer the king penguin chick egg to its new foster parents, a 21-year-old male and a 7-year-old female named Gertie. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2022 Both zoo organizations are happy their collaboration went well in the hatching of a healthy and well-cared-for king penguin chick. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2022 The king penguin is also making an unexpected comeback in Patagonia. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 July 2022 The aquarium is announcing the birth of a new, unnamed king penguin chick in late February from mom Dumas and dad Indy. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2022 One of the new chicks was a king penguin, the first hatched at the zoo in 20 years. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2022 In August 2020, a king penguin chick hatched at the Detroit Zoo for the first time in 20 years. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 14 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of king penguin was in 1776

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“King penguin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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