- a person or thing that shovels.
- a freshwater duck of the Northern Hemisphere, Anas clypeata, having a broad, flat bill.
- any of several related, similar ducks.
Also especially British, shov·el·ler.
Origin of shoveler
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Examples from the Web for shoveler
Shoveler are so numerous that we have known over eighty bagged by one gun in a day.Unexplored Spain
It takes its name from its peculiar bill, and may be termed the Shoveler of Australia.Expedition into Central Australia
Stay, that is the shoveler—that fat, brownish black rascal, with the greenish neck and that coquettish iridescence on it.
I have hesitated a long while between the whistling duck, the duck with white eyebrows, and the shoveler duck (anas clypeata).
The Shoveler is also present, if in much smaller numbers, and hides its very similar nest in much the same sort of places.Among the Birds in Northern Shires
- 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