macaroni penguin

noun

Definition of macaroni penguin

: a small penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) that has an orange, yellow, and black crest on the head and a black chin and that breeds on subantarctic islands

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This process takes 16 days, and female macaroni penguins will lay their eggs just seven to 14 days after finally making landfall again. National Geographic, "Why Crested Penguins Always Lay Doomed Eggs," 4 Oct. 2016 The island is also home to 180,000 macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus). Aaron Sidder, National Geographic, "Erupting Volcano May Have Destroyed Huge Penguin Colony," 6 July 2016

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First Known Use of macaroni penguin

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macaroni penguin

probably from the resemblance of the penguin's crest to headgear supposedly worn by macaronis

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