snow goose


noun

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.

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Origin of snow goose

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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Example sentences 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

noun

a North American goose, Anser hyperboreus (or Chen hyperborea or A. caerulescens), having a white plumage with black wing tips
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