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excavator

[ eks-kuh-vey-ter ]
/ ˈɛks kəˌveɪ tər /
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noun
a person or thing that excavates.
a power-driven machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel, sand, or soil.
a sharp, spoonlike instrument used for scraping out diseased tissue, as in dentistry.
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Origin of excavator

First recorded in 1805–15; excavate + -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for excavator

excavator
/ (ˈɛkskəˌveɪtə) /

noun
a powered machine for digging earth, gravel, sand, etc, esp a caterpillar tractor so equipped
any person, animal, or thing that excavates
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Medical definitions for excavator

excavator
[ ĕkskə-vā′tər ]

n.
An instrument, such as a sharp spoon or curette, used in scraping out pathological tissue.
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