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

Examples of penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The newest chick is the 35th Humbolt penguin the zoo has hatched since 1996, says Kotheimer. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 The wayward penguin eventually returned to sea with a one-inch microchip tucked under the skin of his right thigh and a three-inch satellite transmitter glued to his lower back, both of which stopped sending signals after five days. New York Times, 7 Apr. 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 The terrified penguin tried to escape as the game continued. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 The penguin also helps inspire guests every day to embrace their differences. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 15 Feb. 2022 Into the frame came the penguin’s mate, carrying a pebble. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Fossilized penguin, ostrich and emu eggshells have revealed what the climate was like in the ancient Antarctic, South Africa and Australia. Katie Hunt, CNN, 17 Apr. 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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7 May 2022

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“Penguin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penguin. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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