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

Examples of penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid right-wing penguin mania, Roy and Silo looked like interlopers, disguised as themselves. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 11 July 2022 As penguin sexes closely resemble one another, a blood test is needed to determine gender. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 Order a traditional shaker, a fancy shaker or a retro rocket or penguin. cleveland, 28 June 2022 The Milwaukee County Zoo has closed its aviary and penguin exhibits for the time being in an effort to protect the birds from avian flu. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2022 The terrified penguin tried to escape as the game continued. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The terrified penguin tried to escape as the game continued. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 After a 104-year wait, Bertha Komor has met a penguin up close. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 3 June 2022 Mumbai’s mayor mocked the penguin-viewing facility of Ahmedabad. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of penguin was in 1577

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30 Jul 2022

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“Penguin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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