(syn. Anser Ϯ Snow Goose A. caerulescens) Gr. χην khēn, χηνος khēnos  goose; "72. Familie  Gänse, Anser.  ...  148. Gattung. Chen.  376. hyperborea." (Boie 1822); "Chen, Boie, Isis von Oken, 10, 1822, col. 563. Type, by monotypy, Anser hyperboreus Pallas." (Peters 1931, 1, 145). The Greeks applied this word to both wild and domesticated geese, the latter being kept for their meat, eggs and feathers, as farmyard guards, even as pets.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 December 2018).