Definition of penguin in English:


Line breaks: pen|guin
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛŋɡwɪn


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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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