American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A North American wild goose (Chen caerulescens or Anser caerulescens) that breeds in Arctic regions, having a dusky gray color phase when young and a white plumage with black wingtips as an adult.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A goose of the genus Chen, of which the white brant. C. hyperboreus, is the best-known species, white, with black-tipped wings, the head washed with rusty-brown, and the bill pink. Also called Mexican goose, red goose, Texas goose. See wavey, and cut under Chen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) any one of several species of arctic geese of the genus Chen. The common snow goose (Chen hyperborea), common in the Western United States in winter, is white, with the tips of the wings black and legs and bill red. Called also
white brant, wavey, and Texas goose. The blue, or blue-winged, snow goose (Chen cœrulescens) is varied with grayish brown and bluish gray, with the wing quills black and the head and upper part of the neck white. Called also white head, white-headed goose, and bald brant.
- n. blue goose in the white color phase
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