Definition of rockhopper in US English:


(also rockhopper penguin)


  • A small penguin with a yellowish crest, breeding on subantarctic coastal cliffs which it ascends by hopping from rock to rock.

    Eudyptes chrysocome, family Spheniscidae

    • ‘They are the main icon of the continent, and there are plenty of penguin names, including chinstraps, gentoos, jackasses, kings, macaronis, rockhoppers.’
    • ‘This time will provide the window of opportunity to collect the baseline health data on mallard ducks and rockhopper penguins prior to the teals’ release.’
    • ‘The rockhopper penguin looks like it has very crazy ‘hairstyle’.’