Penguin

Definition of Penguin

Pen´guin   Pronunciation: pĕn´gwĭn
n.1.(Zool.) Any bird of the order Impennes, or Ptilopteri. They are covered with short, thick feathers, almost scalelike on the wings, which are without true quills. They are unable to fly, but use their wings to aid in diving, in which they are very expert. See King penguin, under Jackass.
2.(Bot.) The egg-shaped fleshy fruit of a West Indian plant (Bromelia Pinguin) of the Pineapple family; also, the plant itself, which has rigid, pointed, and spiny-toothed leaves, and is used for hedges.
Arctic penguin
(Zool.) the great auk. See Auk.

Related Words

Adelie, Adelie penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri, Aptenodytes patagonica, crested penguin, emperor penguin, family Spheniscidae, jackass penguin, king penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae, rock hopper, Spheniscidae, sphenisciform seabird, Spheniscus demersus
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