(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.