Definition of shoveler in English:


Line breaks: shov|el¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌv(ə)lə
(also shoveller)


  • 1A dabbling duck with a long broad bill.
    • Genus Anas, family Anatidae: four species, in particular A. clypeata of Eurasia and North America
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    • 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.
  • 2 (British usually shoveller) A person or thing that shovels something: a snow shoveller
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    • 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.


late Middle English (denoting a spoonbill): alteration of earlier shovelard, from shovel, perhaps influenced by mallard.

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