penguin

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noun pen·guin \ˈpen-gwən, ˈpeŋ-\

Definition of penguin

  1. :  any of various erect short-legged flightless aquatic birds (family Spheniscidae) of the southern hemisphere

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Origin and Etymology of penguin

obsolete English penguin great auk, perhaps from Welsh pen gwyn white head (applied to the bird in winter plumage)


PENGUIN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of penguin for English Language Learners

  • : a black-and-white bird that cannot fly, that uses its wings for swimming, and that lives in or near the Antarctic


PENGUIN Defined for Kids

penguin

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noun pen·guin \ˈpen-gwən, ˈpeŋ-\

Definition of penguin for Students

  1. :  a short-legged seabird that cannot fly, uses its stiff wings for swimming, and is found in the colder regions of the southern hemisphere



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