Pinguin

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Early 17th century. Borrowed, perhaps through Dutch pinguïn (1595), from English penguin, which originally referred to the now extinct great auk. Further origin uncertain. Probably either from Welsh pen gwyn (literally white head), the great auk having two characteristic white patches near the eyes; or from Latin pinguis (fat, plump), referring to the plumpish appearance of both birds. Sources vary as to which theory is likelier.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪŋˌɡu̯iːn/, [ˈpɪŋ.ɡuˌiːn], [ˈpɪŋˌɡʋiːn]
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Noun[edit]

Pinguin m (genitive Pinguins, plural Pinguine, female Pinguinin)

  1. penguin (male or of unspecified sex)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Hungarian: pingvin

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Pinguin m (plural Pinguinen)

  1. penguin