Share this entry

Share this page

macaroni penguin

Syllabification: mac·a·ro·ni pen·guin

Definition of macaroni penguin in English:

noun

A penguin with an orange crest, breeding on islands in the Antarctic.
  • Eudyptes chrysolophus, family Spheniscidae
Example sentences
  • This is true for minke whale, Antarctic fur seal, Adelie, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguins, black-browed albatross, and white-chinned and cape petrels.
  • Only macaroni penguins (including a subspecies, royal penguins) appear to be in reasonable health.
  • Commercial fishing also impacts macaroni penguins in Antarctica.

Origin

early 19th century: so named because the orange crest was thought to resemble the hairstyle of dandies known as macaronies (see macaroni).

Definition of macaroni penguin in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful