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ˈpɛŋ gwɪn, ˈpɛn-Pen·guin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penguinnoun

    short-legged flightless birds of cold southern especially Antarctic regions having webbed feet and wings modified as flippers


  1. penguinnoun

    Any of several flightless sea birds, of order Sphenisciformes, found in the Southern Hemisphere; marked by their usual upright stance, walking on short legs, and (generally) their stark black and white plumage.

  2. penguinnoun

    A nun (because of the black and white habit).

  3. penguinnoun

    A type of catch where the palm of the hand is facing towards the leg with the arm stretched downward, resembling the flipper of a penguin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penguinnoun

    any bird of the order Impennes, or Ptilopteri. They are covered with short, thick feathers, almost scalelike on the wings, which are without true quills. They are unable to fly, but use their wings to aid in diving, in which they are very expert. See King penguin, under Jackass

    Etymology: [Perh. orig. the name of another bird, and fr. W. pen head + gwyn white; or perh. from a native South American name.]

  2. Penguinnoun

    the egg-shaped fleshy fruit of a West Indian plant (Bromelia Pinguin) of the Pineapple family; also, the plant itself, which has rigid, pointed, and spiny-toothed leaves, and is used for hedges

    Etymology: [Perh. orig. the name of another bird, and fr. W. pen head + gwyn white; or perh. from a native South American name.]


  1. Penguin

    Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their lives on land and half in the oceans. Although all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin live so far south. Several species are found in the temperate zone, and one species, the Galápagos Penguin, lives near the equator. The largest living species is the Emperor Penguin: on average adults are about 1.1 m tall and weigh 35 kg or more. The smallest penguin species is the Little Blue Penguin, also known as the Fairy Penguin, which stands around 40 cm tall and weighs 1 kg. Among extant penguins, larger penguins inhabit colder regions, while smaller penguins are generally found in temperate or even tropical climates. Some prehistoric species attained enormous sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human. These were not restricted to Antarctic regions; on the contrary, subantarctic regions harboured high diversity, and at least one giant penguin occurred in a region not quite 2,000 km south of the equator 35 mya, in a climate decidedly warmer than today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penguin

    pen′gwin, n. an aquatic bird in the southern hemisphere, unable to fly, but very expert in diving—also Pin′guin.—n. Pen′guinery, a breeding-place of penguins. [Ety. dub.; a corr. of pen-wing, or from W. pen, head, gwen, white.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. penguin

    A web-footed bird, of the genus Aptenodytes, unable to fly on account of the small size of its wings, but with great powers of swimming and diving: generally met with in high southern latitudes.

Editors Contribution

  1. penguin

    Is an aquatic bird.

    The Penguins are white and black in colour and sometimes have a yellow breast and are a joy to watch.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 5, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Penguin in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Penguin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Penguin in a Sentence

  1. Stef Bokhorst:

    Just as the penguin and seal colonies enrich the soil for native plants, its also possible that they are making it ideal for invasive species as well, which could be hardier and provide shelter for predatory insects like spiders and beetles, right now, the system is too unproductive to support any mammals like rats and mice.

  2. Joe Moore:

    It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.

  3. Joao Paulo Krajewski:

    Professionals who work with animal rescues make the most to avoid relationships like this so they are able to reintroduce the animal into the wild, but this isolated case in Brazil certainly allowed Dindim to live and was the best this humble and kind man could do for the penguin.

  4. Joao Paulo Krajewski:

    It is a beautiful story because the penguin was in very bad shape and about to die when it was first found and the men gave him a second chance.

  5. Louise Hartley:

    We have a deployment in Antarctica to monitor penguins, so we're getting images back daily to look at the penguin behavior and also look at environmental change in that area, we're also using it for anti-poaching purposes to improve security within protected areas. So an alert, an image, would be sent to an operations room and then rangers can then react accordingly to that alert.

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