Gentoo-penguin meaning

jĕn'to͝o'
A penguin (Pygoscelis papua) of Antarctic and subantarctic regions, having a white patch or band above the eye and a reddish-orange bill.
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A species of penguin, Pygoscelis papua, with a distinctive wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head.
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Origin of gentoo-penguin

  • Perhaps from alteration (influenced by earlier English Johnny penguin gentoo penguin) of Spanish juanito gentoo penguin after Juanito diminutive of the name Juan John (perhaps used in Spanish to translate English Johnny penguin) (if the English itself is not a translation of the Spanish)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition