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snow goose

a white North American wild goose, previously classified as the species Chen hyperborea but now considered the light color phase of the blue goose, C. caerulescens.
Origin of snow goose
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is likewise the case with certain gannets, tropic-birds, &c., and with the snow-goose (Anser hyperboreus).

  • During this first day of quail-shooting, we also saw for the first time flocks of the snow-goose.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • We had also a pair of Canada geese; a snow-goose, and three brant,—these last being the produce of a single shot.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for snow-goose

snow goose

a North American goose, Anser hyperboreus (or Chen hyperborea or A. caerulescens), having a white plumage with black wing tips
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snow-goose

1771, from snow (n.) + goose (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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