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shoveler Syllabification: shov·el·er
Pronunciation: /ˈSHəv(ə)lər/
(chiefly British shoveller)

Definition of shoveler in English:


1A person or thing that shovels something.
Example sentences
  • As Bella Vista's shovelers work into the late-afternoon twilight, the faint chiming of church bells wafts over from the nearby town center.
  • When the shovelers come by, they shovel the bread, rats and spoiled meat into the sausage vats.
  • Jurgis is hired at Brown's Meat packing plant as a shoveler.
2A dabbling duck with a long broad bill.
[ Late Middle English (denoting a spoonbill): alteration of earlier shovelard, from shovel, perhaps influenced by mallard]
Example sentences
  • Down in the pond there were mallards, northern shovelers, coots and a few gallinules.
  • Far less abundant and therefore more highly prized are pintails and shovelers.
  • The shovelers and pintails have reached the northern plains and have spread through much of Alaska.

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