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bucket ladder

noun
    1. a series of buckets that move in a continuous chain, used to dredge riverbeds, etc, or to excavate land
    2. (as modifier)a bucket-ladder dredger
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  • A suction dredger being unsuited to the work, a bucket-ladder dredger was employed.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7

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