Shoveler Shov"el*er, n. [Also shoveller.] 1. One who, or that which, shovels. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A river duck ({Spatula clypeata}), native of Europe and America. It has a large bill, broadest towards the tip. The male is handsomely variegated with green, blue, brown, black, and white on the body; the head and neck are dark green. Called also {broadbill}, {spoonbill}, {shovelbill}, and {maiden duck}. The Australian shoveler, or shovel-nosed duck ({S. rhynchotis}), is a similar species. [1913 Webster]

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  • shoveler — or shoveller [shuv′əl ər, shuv′lər] n. 1. a person or thing that shovels 2. a freshwater duck (Anas clypeata) with a very long, broad, flattened bill, living in the Northern Hemisphere mainly in marshes: also called northern shoveler …   English World dictionary

  • shoveler — (Amer.) n. one who shovels, one who digs or moves material with a shovel; freshwater duck with a long broad bill that lives in the northern hemisphere, broadbill …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shoveler — /shuv euh leuhr, shuv leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that shovels. 2. Ornith. a. a freshwater duck of the Northern Hemisphere, Anas clypeata, having a broad, flat bill. b. any of several related, similar ducks. Also, esp. Brit., shoveller. [1400 …   Universalium

  • Shoveler — Taxobox name = Shoveler image width = 250px image caption = Red Shoveler regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Anseriformes familia = Anatidae genus = Anas genus authority = Linnaeus, 1758 probable genus = Spatula The… …   Wikipedia

  • shoveler — /ˈʃʌvələ / (say shuvuhluh) noun 1. Also, shoveller. a nomadic, freshwater duck, Anas rhynchotis, of Australia and New Zealand, having a heavy, dark, spatulate bill; Australian shoveler; Australasian shoveler. 2. Also, shoveller. a common and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • shoveler — noun 1. a worker who shovels a shoveler of coal • Syn: ↑shoveller • Derivationally related forms: ↑shovel • Hypernyms: ↑worker 2. freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill …   Useful english dictionary

  • shoveler — or shoveller noun Date: 15th century 1. one that shovels 2. any of several freshwater ducks (genus Anas) that have a large very broad bill and feed by dabbling …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shoveler — noun a) One who, or that which, shovels. The sand was loaded by 3 shovelers into wheelbarrows holding 3.6 cu. ft. each... b) Any of four species of dabbling duck, in the genus Anas, with distinctive spatulate bills …   Wiktionary

  • shoveler — a dabbling duck with a long broad bill. → shoveller …   English new terms dictionary

  • shoveler — shov·el·er …   English syllables