from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a broad flattened snout, bill, or head.
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- adj. Having a flattened beak or snout.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a broad, flat nose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as shovel-headed.
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With maybe a shovel-nosed snake once in a while, just for variety.
Several species, including the legless lizard, banded sand snake, and shovel-nosed snake, have small eyes, narrow heads, counter-sunk lower jaws, and very smooth scales — adaptations to swimming and breathing in loose sand.
The three species of Middle-Asian shovel-nosed sturgeons (Pseudoscaphirhynchus kaufmanni, P. hermanni and P. fedtschenkoi) have been included in the Red Data Book of the USSR and the problem of their conservation is acute in all Central Asian countries.
Even the wives and daughters of low tradesmen, who, like shovel-nosed sharks, prey upon the blubber of those uncouth whales of fortune, are infected with the same rage of displaying their importance; and the slightest indisposition serves them for a pretext to insist upon being conveyed to Bath, where they may hobble country-dances and cotillons among lordlings, squires, counsellors, and clergy.
We flew like a shovel-nosed barge against tide, and reached Hamoaze on the evening of the third day.
"That's a pretty bunch of shovel-nosed man-eaters, for you," remarked the mate.
He was most kind and hospitable, and gave us another boat to replace the last of our shovel-nosed dugouts.
These subsequently, proved that we had captured, not a shark but a ray -- Forskal's shovel-nosed ray (RHYNCHOBATUS DJIDDENSIS), which Tom, for all his knowledge of sea things, had never before seen.
In addition to the steer that was slaughtered, a shovel-nosed shark was caught and jerked in like manner with the beef.
To believe that our remote ancestor, no matter how remote in time or space, was a lowly organized creature living in the primordial seas with no more brains than a shovel-nosed shark or a gar-pike, puts our scientific faith to severe test.