Definition of penguin in English:

penguin

noun

  • A large flightless seabird of the southern hemisphere, with black upper parts and white underparts and wings developed into flippers for swimming under water.

    Family Spheniscidae: six genera and several species

    • ‘The island is only a quarter of a square mile in size, but it is teeming with penguins and other sea birds.’
    • ‘The emperor penguin is the largest penguin species and also one of the few found in Antarctica.’
    • ‘Green sea turtles rest on the shore and penguins are waddling off for a swim.’
    • ‘In more recent decades, the penguins have been harmed by increased oil pollution.’
    • ‘Some penguins waddle along shorelines and ice, whereas others hop from rock to rock.’
    • ‘It's obvious that global warming has an impact on the reproduction of the penguins.’
    • ‘The biggest fight we observed was between a male fur seal and a male penguin.’
    • ‘The waters belong to the fish and whales, the squirrels and fox, the llama and elephant, the penguin and robin.’
    • ‘Urban foxes were unwelcome visitors during the year and were responsible for killing a penguin and some geese.’
    • ‘The lure of eight species of penguins and more than 50 other seabird species is enormous.’
    • ‘They swam right up to the glass of the tank and flapped their little penguin wings.’
    • ‘It apparently shows him swimming with whales and sliding with penguins.’
    • ‘I don't think that cold water necessarily is always associated with penguins.’
    • ‘Just as we surfaced, two penguins torpedoed by, leaping out of the water and bouncing, like so many skipping stones.’
    • ‘A viewing camera allows me to see the penguins not just marching, but swimming under water.’
    • ‘I hear the great whites like seals, or anything that resembles a penguin or walrus.’
    • ‘The mating game we were witnessing in the penguin colony was gentle and benign by comparison.’
    • ‘Harnessed up and ready to dive, the fat penguin looks as though it has its own mini scuba tank.’
    • ‘This zoo was the first in the world to exhibit penguins and it now has Europe's largest penguin pool.’
    • ‘You can drive in five minutes from the centre of town to the viewing place for the blue penguins, or allow more time and walk there.’

Origin

Late 16th century (originally denoting the great auk): possibly of Welsh origin, from pen gwyn ‘white head’.

Pronunciation

penguin

/ˈpɛŋɡwɪn/