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Penguin   Listen
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Penguin  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. Note: Penguins are found in the south temperate and antarctic regions. The king penguins (Aptenodytes Patachonica, and Aptenodytes longirostris) are the largest; the jackass penguins (Spheniscus) and the rock hoppers (Catarractes) congregate in large numbers at their breeding grounds.
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. (Written also pinguin)
Arctic penguin (Zool.), the great auk. See Auk.






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"Penguin" Quotes from Famous Books



... by unaccustomed hands, covered a vast amount of ground in their rolling sorties back and forth across the field. Therefore Drew and I had leisure to watch the others, and to see in operation the entire scheme by means of which France trains her combat pilots for the front. Exclusive of the Penguin, there were seven classes, graded according to their degree of advancement. These, in their order, were the rolling class (a second-stage Penguin class, in which one still kept on the ground, but in machines of higher speed); the first flying class—short hops across the field at ...
— High Adventure - A Narrative of Air Fighting in France • James Norman Hall

... on our right, going up Wide Channel, was full of ice. Husband's Inlet looked as if it was frozen over at the farther end, and Penguin Inlet seemed quite choked up with huge hummocks and blocks of ice. Tom therefore decided not to attempt the passage of Icy Reach, for fear of being stopped, but to go round Saumarez Island to Port Grappler by way of Chasm Reach, rather a longer route. It was a happy ...
— A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' • Annie Allnut Brassey

... bodily beauty, so it is here the idealism of bodily beauty. It is natural that the over-draping of our bodies, the supposed symbol of our modesty, but in reality an evidence of our lust, should form part of his thesis. But M. Anatole France has already pointed out brilliantly in "Penguin Island" how immodesty originated in the ...
— The Created Legend • Feodor Sologub



Words linked to "Penguin" :   crested penguin, emperor penguin, sphenisciform seabird, jackass penguin, Spheniscidae, Adelie, Spheniscus demersus, Aptenodytes patagonica, king penguin, rock hopper, family Spheniscidae, Aptenodytes forsteri, Pygoscelis adeliae



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