1. Tending to penetrate; of a penetrating quality; piercing; as, the penetrative sun.
His look became keen and penetrative.Hawthorne.
2. Having the power to affect or impress the mind or heart; impressive; as, penetrative shame. Shak.
3. Acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom. "The penetrative eye." Wordsworth.
Led on by skill of penetrative soul.Grainger.
(Pen"e*tra*tive*ness), n. The quality of being penetrative.
(Pen"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) A squid.
(Pen"fold`) n. See Pinfold.
(Pen"go*lin) n. (Zoöl.)The pangolin.
(Pen"guin) n. [Perh. orig. the name of another bird, and fr. W. pen head + gwyn white; or
perh. from a native South American name.]
1. (Zoöl.) Any bird of the order Impennes, or Ptilopteri. They are covered with short, thick feathers,
almost scalelike on the wings, which are without true quills. They are unable to fly, but use their wings
to aid in diving, in which they are very expert. See King penguin, under Jackass.
Penguins are found in the south temperate and antarctic regions. The king penguins (Aptenodytes Patachonica,
and A. longirostris) are the largest; the jackass penguins (Spheniscus) and the rock hoppers (Catarractes)
congregate in large numbers at their breeding grounds.
2. (Bot.) The egg-shaped fleshy fruit of a West Indian plant (Bromelia Pinguin) of the Pineapple family; also,
the plant itself, which has rigid, pointed, and spiny- toothed leaves, and is used for hedges. [Written also
Arctic penguin (Zoöl.), the great auk. See Auk.
(Pen"guin*er*y) n. (Zoöl.) A breeding place, or rookery, of penguins.
(Pen"hold`er) n. A handle for a pen.
(Pen"house`) n. A penthouse. [Obs.]
(Pen*i"ble) a. [OF. penible. Cf. Painable.] Painstaking; assidous. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Pen"i*cil) n. [L. penicillum, penicillus, a painter's brush, a roil of lint, a tent for wounds.] (mented.)
A tent or pledget for wounds or ulcers.
(Pen`i*cil"late) a. [Cf. F. pénicillé. See Penicil.] (Biol.) Having the form of a pencil; furnished
with a pencil of fine hairs; ending in a tuft of hairs like a camel's-hair brush, as the stigmas of some grasses.
(Pen`i*cil"li*form) a. (Bot.) Penicillate.
(Pen*in"su*la) n. [L. peninsula or paeninsula; paene almost + insula an island. See Isle.]
A portion of land nearly surrounded by water, and connected with a larger body by a neck, or isthmus.
(Pen*in"su*lar) a. [Cf. F. péninsulaire.] Of or pertaining to a peninsula; as, a peninsular
form; peninsular people; the peninsular war.