penguin

noun
pen·​guin | \ ˈpen-gwən How to pronounce penguin (audio) , ˈpeŋ-\

Definition of penguin

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

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In New Zealand, some communities moved last year to restrict the movement of dogs in a gambit to save little blue penguins. Anchorage Daily News, "The dog is one of the world’s most destructive mammals. Brazil proves it.," 21 Aug. 2019 In New Zealand, some communities moved last year to restrict the movement of dogs in a gambit to save little blue penguins. Washington Post, "The dog is one of the world’s most destructive mammals. Brazil proves it.," 20 Aug. 2019 Scientists have discovered fossil evidence of a giant penguin (Crossvallia waiparensis) in New Zealand. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Prehistoric Monster Penguins: Awesome, Terrifying, or Both?," 14 Aug. 2019 The largest living penguin species is the emperor penguin, which tops out at 4 feet. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘Monster penguin’ as big as a human lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019 Two little blue penguins with very refined palates somehow got into Sushi Bi restaurant in Wellington, New Zealand. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A triumphant moment, some creative costumes and LOTS of penguins," 19 July 2019 Police investigating some fishy noises around a sushi truck in New Zealand soon apprehended the culprits: two blue penguins. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A global health emergency in the DRC," 18 July 2019 And a pair of small mischief-making blue penguins proved exactly that. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Renegade Penguin Pair With No Respect for Authority Return to Favored Sushi Spot After Initial Removal," 16 July 2019 Zoo officials praised his leadership and noted that his tenure saw the first birth of an African elephant at the Maryland Zoo, the addition of grizzly bears, the return of bobcats and new exhibits on penguins, golden frogs and hellbenders. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Zoo president Don Hutchinson to step down," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of penguin

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penguin

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

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penguin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of penguin

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

penguin

noun
pen·​guin | \ ˈpen-gwən How to pronounce penguin (audio) , ˈpeŋ-\

Kids Definition of penguin

: 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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