Penguin meaning

pĕng'gwĭn, pĕn'-
The definition of a penguin is a bird that lives in the southern hemisphere, cannot fly and has flippers and webbed feet.

An example of a penguin is a bird that waddles across the ice.

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Any of various stout, flightless aquatic birds of the family Spheniscidae, of the Southern Hemisphere, having flipperlike wings and webbed feet adapted for swimming and diving, short scalelike feathers, and white underparts with a dark back.
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Any of an order (Sphenisciformes) of flightless birds found in the Southern Hemisphere, having webbed feet and paddlelike flippers for swimming and diving.
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The great auk.
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(1) (Penguin) A periodic set of changes to the Google search algorithm. See Google algorithm.
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Any of several flightless sea birds, of order Sphenisciformes, found in the Southern Hemisphere; marked by their usual upright stance, walking on short legs, and (generally) their stark black and white plumage. [from 16th c.]
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(slang) A nun (because of the black and white habit).
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(juggling) A type of catch where the palm of the hand is facing towards the leg with the arm stretched downward, resembling the flipper of a penguin.
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(botany) A spiny bromeliad with egg-shaped fleshy fruit.
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Origin of penguin

  • Possibly from Welsh pen gwyn White Head (name of an island in Newfoundland), great auk pen chief, head gwynn white weid- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Unknown origin. Possibly from Welsh pen ("head") and gwyn ("white"), or from Latin pinguis ("fat"). See citations and the Wikipedia page.
    From Wiktionary