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Noun1.Pinguinus - great auk
bird genus - a genus of birds
Alcidae, family Alcidae - web-footed diving seabirds of northern seas: auks; puffins; guillemots; murres; etc.
great auk, Pinguinus impennis - large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct
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44 Which bird, scientific name Pinguinus impennis, saw the last of its species wiped out on Funk Island off Newfoundland in 1844?
D'Errico, writing on the avian forms in the Grotte Cosquer (1994a; 1994b) presents the thesis that they represent Great Auks; he quotes one of us correctly as saying that the birds in the engraved panel from El Pendo (Cantabria, Spain) look like 19th-century illustrations of the extinct Great Auk, Pinguinus impennis (Eastham 1968).
Although the derivation of Pinguinus is uncertain, possibilities include "pen-winged" or "pinioned," from the Welsh terms for white (pen) and head (gwyn), or the Latin word for fat (penquis).