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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From leaping dolphins and playful sea lions to the cluster's famous Galapagos penguins (the only species of the birds that live above the equator) and iconic tortoises, there’s plenty to learn and explore — and the pictures won’t be half bad either. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Ushuaia, a port town in Argentina and the gateway to Antartica, has become a destination for adventure-seekers to experience everything from the arrival of migrating penguins to dog-sled rides through the Valley of Wolves. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "An Awe-Inspiring Visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, Also Known as “the End of the World”," 29 Nov. 2018 Polar bears, whales, penguins, seals, wildebeest, and more have all been captured by satellite remote sensing. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 That’s penguin poop, an important indicator that penguins inhabit the area. Brian Resnick, Vox, "You can join the scientific quest to track penguin poop from space. It could help protect the species.," 12 Dec. 2018 Donate your penguin suit to the cause This is what the researchers propose to do. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Making light twist into a bowtie may reveal dark matter," 12 Nov. 2018 Two nights are spent on Stewart, whose rain forests and coastal areas harbor a wealth of birds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and several species of penguins. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "See more of New Zealand, hit India's highlights without busting the budget and more," 1 May 2018 Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo Say hi to the penguins, bark back to the seals and hitch a ride on the train. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucket list: 25 top things to do in Milwaukee," 13 Apr. 2018 After pressing on your narwhal, unicorn, elephant, or penguin, each slowly rises back to its original form for a soft and squishy good time. Megan Stein, Country Living, "If Your Kids Love Hatchimals They're Going to Freak Over This New Squeezamals Game," 9 Jan. 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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