Talk:penguin

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Etimology of this word is from Spanish "pingüe" (fat; fatty). During the first circumnavigation (1519-1522) led by Magellan, the Spaniards discovered penguins in the Southern Atlantic. Mistaking them for some sort of fat geese, they described them as such (gansos pingües); hence "pinguino", which has passed to other languages.