Definition of shoveler

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shoveler


[

shuhv



uh

-ler,

shuhv

-ler ]


/ ˈʃʌv ə lər, ˈʃʌv lər /


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noun


a person or thing that shovels.



Ornithology

.


a freshwater duck of the Northern Hemisphere,

Anas clypeata,

having a broad, flat bill.


any of several related, similar ducks.

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Also

especially British

,

shov·el·ler

.

Origin of


shoveler

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at

shovel

,

-er

1

Words nearby

shoveler

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Example sentences from the Web for

shoveler

Stay, that is the

shoveler

—that fat, brownish black rascal, with the greenish neck and that coquettish iridescence on it.


The Magic Skin



|

Honore de Balzac

I have hesitated a long while between the whistling duck, the duck with white eyebrows, and the

shoveler

duck (anas clypeata).


The Magic Skin



|

Honore de Balzac

The

Shoveler

is also present, if in much smaller numbers, and hides its very similar nest in much the same sort of places.


Among the Birds in Northern Shires



|

Charles Dixon

She has about as much tact as a rhinoceros, and possesses the æsthetic perceptions of a coal

shoveler

.


Grace Harlowe’s Problem



|

Jessie Graham Flower

It takes its name from its peculiar bill, and may be termed the

Shoveler

of Australia.


Expedition into Central Australia



|

Charles Sturt


British Dictionary definitions for

shoveler


shoveler


/ (

ˈʃʌvələ

) /


noun


a duck,

Anas

(or

Spatula

)

clypeata,

of ponds and marshes, having a spoon-shaped bill, a blue patch on each wing, and in the male a green head, white breast, and reddish-brown body

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