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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Newborn penguins typically have a name that relates to its gender at birth, the aquarium said in a press release obtained by Fox News. Fox News, "'Genderless' penguin to be raised by same-sex couple at London aquarium," 11 Sep. 2019 And the month before, two male penguins at a Denmark zoo nabbed a chick while its mother was swimming. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, "Gay penguins at London aquarium are raising 'genderless' chick," 10 Sep. 2019 The two Humboldt penguins hatched an abandoned egg in 2015. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo," 13 Aug. 2019 Those poor penguins never had a chance on their own. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "“Hobbs & Shaw” proves the Fast and Furious franchise will never crash and burn," 5 Aug. 2019 Other mutations in the reindeer genome, some of which are present in polar bears and Adélie penguins, improve fat use, fat transport, and the building of fat reserves. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How reindeer evolved to survive freezing Arctic winters," 20 June 2019 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

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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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