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[shuhv-uh-ler, shuhv-ler] /ˈʃʌv ə lər, ˈʃʌv lər/
a person or thing that shovels.
  1. a freshwater duck of the Northern Hemisphere, Anas clypeata, having a broad, flat bill.
  2. any of several related, similar ducks.
Also, especially British, shoveller.
Origin of shoveler
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at shovel, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • shoveler are so numerous that we have known over eighty bagged by one gun in a day.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • It takes its name from its peculiar bill, and may be termed the shoveler of Australia.

  • I have hesitated a long while between the whistling duck, the duck with white eyebrows, and the shoveler duck (anas clypeata).

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • Stay, that is the shoveler—that fat, brownish black rascal, with the greenish neck and that coquettish iridescence on it.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • The shoveler is also present, if in much smaller numbers, and hides its very similar nest in much the same sort of places.

British Dictionary definitions for shoveler


a duck, Anas (or Spatula) clypeata, of ponds and marshes, having a spoon-shaped bill, a blue patch on each wing, and in the male a green head, white breast, and reddish-brown body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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