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.

Nearby words

  1. snow crystal,
  2. snow day,
  3. snow devil,
  4. snow fence,
  5. snow gauge,
  6. snow grains,
  7. snow grass,
  8. snow guard,
  9. snow gum,
  10. snow hole

Origin of snow goose

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snow-goose

  • 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.

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snow-goose



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper