American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that shovels: a shoveler of snow; a fast shoveler.
- n. A widely distributed duck (Anas clypeata) that lives chiefly in marshes and has a long broad bill fringed with bristles, which it uses to strain food from mud and water.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who shovels.
- n. A duck, Spatula clypeata, having a very broad bill which widens toward the end. It is a medium-sized fresh-water duck of the subfamily Anatinæ, inhabiting Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The male is of showy party-colored plumage, with glossy dark-green head like a mallard's, white breast, purplish-chestnut abdomen, sky-blue wing-coverts, and rich green speculum set in black and white, black rump and tail-coverts, blackish bill, orange eyes, and vermilion or red feet. The female is much less gaudy. The length is from 17 to 21 inches. The eggs are about 8 in number, little over 2 by 1½ inches in size, pale-drab or greenish-gray. The shoveler is one of the best ducks for the table. More fully called
blue-wingedor red-breasted shoveler, and mud-shoveler; also shovellbill, spoonbill, spoonbilled duck, spoon-billed teal or widgeon broadbill broady and swaddlebill.
- n. The spoonbill Platalea leucorodia.
- n. One who, or that which, shovels.
- n. Any of four species of dabbling duck, in the genus Anas, with distinctive spatulate bills.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, shovels.
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. a worker who shovels
- n. freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill
- shovel + -er, in the duck's case from the shape of its bill. (Wiktionary)
“Sometimes known as a shoveler or "spoonie", the Northern Shoveler is a common and widespread duck.”
“I shoveled all morning until my shoveler was sore.”
“Wigeon whistle cheerfully to each other, and the bright white breasts of shoveler ducks shine even in this weak light as they constantly sift the sediment with their wide beaks.”
“We can look forward to the jobs of the future – serf, lawn jockey, manure shoveler, FauxNewsmodel, etc.”
“As a highly experienced snow shoveler, I can say it is a nice gimmick, good for small amounts of light snow, but nothing beats 7HP or so of snow blower with chains on powered wheels and a really big catch area.”
“Such bull$hit for the biggest shoveler .. ugh my bloodpressure goes up just thinking about these idiot.”
“Seems that George Stevenson, of the engineering firm Remington & Vernick, is turning out to be chief shoveler (See Bernice Paglia's report "Redevelopment Caveats Aired").”
“Two-thirds of the shooters shot a couple of pintails, two drake woodies, a greenhead, and a shoveler.”
“Freshwater wetlands in the South-West support sizable populations of several wetland birds, including grey duck, paradise shelduck Tadorna variegata and shoveler Anas rhynchotis, two species of shag Phalacrocorax spp. and marsh and spotless crake.”
“Other wintering wetland birds include the threatened marbled teal Marmoronetta angustirostris, ferruginous duck Aythya nyroca, and corncrake, Crex crex; also high numbers of green-winged teal Anas crecca, northern pintail Anas acuta, northern shoveler Anas clypeata and black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.”
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