Origin of penguin
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This species of penguin was showered with positive coverage throughout the 20th century by a supposedly vigilant press.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The adjudication of the Daily Beast office was clear and emphatic: penguin, penguin, penguin.
The boy feels rejected and confused, and then hits on a Christmas morning solution, delivering a penguin mate for his penguin.
Why then, did the penguin suffer the loss of the use of his wings for flight?Birds in Flight|W. P. Pycraft
The "Penguin" was to windward and bore down upon her, while Biddle hove his ship to and awaited her coming.The Boys of 1812 and Other Naval Heroes|James Russell Soley
The 21st, the captain and master went to Penguin island, three leagues from the road.
I now know these friends, in my thoughts of them, as Penguin Persons.Penguin Persons & Peppermints|Walter Prichard Eaton
The other two had had only a mug of penguin broth each in three days, and I had only broken my fast a few hours before them.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for penguin
Word Origin for penguin
Word Origin and History for penguin
1570s, originally used of the great auk of Newfoundland (now extinct), shift in meaning to the Antarctic bird (which looks something like it, found by Drake in Magellan's Straits in 1578) is from 1580s. Of unknown origin, though often asserted to be from Welsh pen "head" (see pen-) + gwyn "white" (see Gwendolyn), but Barnhart says the proposed formation is not proper Welsh. The great auk had a large white patch between its bill and eye. The French and Breton versions of the word ultimately are from English.