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