Definition of king penguin in English:

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king penguin

Pronunciation: /kiNG ˈpeNGɡwən/


A large penguin native to Antarctic islands as well as the Falklands and other subantarctic islands.
  • Aptenodytes patagonica, family Spheniscidae.
Example sentences
  • Similar in size to present-day yellow-eyed or king penguins, Waimanu penguins stood about 26 to 30 inches tall.
  • The rest stay aboard a 233-foot Finnish research vessel, taking day trips to see the island's king penguins, elephant seals, and giant petrels.
  • While king penguins are a sub-Antarctic species, being based on islands dotted around the continent, emperor penguins are animals of the deep south.

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Syllabification: king pen·guin

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