from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In ornithology, a genus of penguins, of the family Spheniscidæ, having a stout, compressed beak hooked at the end, and no crest; the jackass-penguins.
- noun In entomology, a genus of heteromerous coleopterous insects, of the family Tenebrionidæ.
- noun In mathematics, a sphenic number.
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- noun type genus of the Spheniscidae: jackass penguins
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Depending on location, the habitat preference and temperament of S. spheniscus is variable.
The penguin, spheniscus mendiculus, is the only one of its kind to live on the equator due to the cool water and air temperatures from ocean currents.