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 Littlefoot, a 2-year-old king penguin residing at the zoo, is one of three finalists in Penguin International’s March of the Penguin Madness competition. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 15 Apr. 2024 This is the last year to see king penguins waddle through the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Try the twin-track bobsled experience or take some time to hang out with the resident gentoo and king penguins. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 2 Oct. 2023 Prime your camera for sightings of king penguins, seals and whales wolloping through the frigid seas, while majestic albatross soar overhead and cormorants flap across choppy waters. Patricia Garip, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 June 2023 During these expeditions, travelers assist scientists with data collection on endangered species in their natural habitats, such as photographing lichens, mosses, and skua scat on South Georgia Island while surrounded by 100,000 king penguins. James Barrett, Men's Health, 6 Apr. 2023 The king penguin regularly dives to depths of 650 feet on fishing expeditions. Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2012 But the king penguin, the world’s second-largest penguin species, rules South Georgia Island. Jack Tamisiea, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 Out of another cabinet, Prum hoisted the entire body of a king penguin. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2011

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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 23 May. 2024.

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