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snow goose

  1. 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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Historical Examples of snow-goose

  • This is likewise the case with certain gannets, tropic-birds, &c., and with the snow-goose (Anser hyperboreus).

    The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex

    Charles Darwin

  • 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

  1. a North American goose, Anser hyperboreus (or Chen hyperborea or A. caerulescens), having a white plumage with black wing tips
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Word Origin and History for snow-goose


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

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