Definition of penguin
: any of various erect short-legged flightless aquatic birds (family Spheniscidae) of the southern hemisphere
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Together, the system lets kids build their own interactive robots, penguins, trucks, and other cool things.
Occasionally a few adults waddled unsteadily away from the group, past a separate cluster of gentoo penguins, looking for their next meal in the frigid, steel-gray South Atlantic waters.
There’s an underwater viewing area where people can watch the penguins swimming.
However, penguins have pointy eggs associated with well-flying birds.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma has half-price admission for dads on Sunday, with programs including a look at a devoted penguin dad with chicks.
After the anthem, two catfish and one stuffed penguin hit the ice despite Nashville coach Peter Laviolette's video plea earlier Monday asking fans not to throw anything.
According to USA Today, the brothers attended Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Predators and Penguins on Saturday where Rex was part of the Predators' pregame festivities.
The Penguins scored three goals in a span of 3:08 in the third period of Game 2.
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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)
First Known Use: 1577See Words from the same year
PENGUIN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of penguin for Students
: 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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