- having the head, snout, or beak broad and flat like the blade of a shovel.
Origin of shovel-nosed
First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for shovel-nosed
He was a shovel-nosed, big-finned yellow shark, weighing about five hundred pounds.Tales of Fishes
Of the former one species is Chinese, and the other is the shovel-nosed spoonbill or paddlefish of the lower Mississippi River.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life
His Totem was the shovel-nosed skate, but he has undergone no fusion with that animal.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
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.