Meaning of “penguin” in the English Dictionary


"penguin" in English

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penguinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpeŋ.ɡwɪn/ us /ˈpeŋ.ɡwɪn/

Examples from literature

  • And if you take a boat ride, you can see penguins up close. 
  • But luckily for penguins, they can swim very well to get away from danger. 
  • But penguins also use their flippers to fight. 
  • In one hour, penguins can only walk about three kilometers across the ice of Antarctica. 
  • Like ducks, penguins have wide feet. 
  • Like other animals, penguins use their powerful flippers to swim fast towards food and away from danger. 
  • Like penguins, ostriches cannot fly, but they can walk and run fast. 
  • Penguins are birds, but they can’t fly! 
  • Penguins swim with their flippers, and eagles fly with their wings. 
  • Some penguins can swim at a speed of 24 kilometers an hour! 
  • This is not easy because penguins sometimes live in groups of thousands. 
  • When penguins cannot move to safety in time, they hit other animals with their hard flippers to make them go away. 
  • When some kinds of male penguins want to find a mate, for example, they look for just the right female. 

(Definition of “penguin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"penguin" in American English

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penguinnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpeŋ·ɡwɪn, ˈpen-/

a black-and-white sea bird found in cold, southern parts of the world which cannot fly and swims using its small wings

(Definition of “penguin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)