from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, shovels.
  • n. Any of four species of dabbling duck, in the genus Anas, with distinctive spatulate bills.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, shovels.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who shovels.
  • n. A duck, Spatula clypeata, having a very broad bill which widens toward the end.
  • n. The spoonbill Platalea leucorodia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a worker who shovels
  • n. freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill


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shovel +‎ -er, in the duck's case from the shape of its bill.



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