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[shuhv-uh l-nohzd]
  1. having the head, snout, or beak broad and flat like the blade of a shovel.
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Origin of shovel-nosed

First recorded in 1700–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of shovel-nosed

  • He was a shovel-nosed, big-finned yellow shark, weighing about five hundred pounds.

    Tales of Fishes

    Zane Grey

  • Of the former one species is Chinese, and the other is the shovel-nosed spoonbill or paddlefish of the lower Mississippi River.

  • His Totem was the shovel-nosed skate, but he has undergone no fusion with that animal.

  • In addition to the steer that was slaughtered, a shovel-nosed shark was caught and jerked in like manner with the beef.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine

    Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine

  • Scaphirhynchus, skaf-i-ring′kus, n. a genus of tyrant-flycatchers: the shovel-heads or shovel-nosed sturgeons.