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[shuhv-uh l-nohz]
  1. any of various animals with a shovellike snout or head, as a guitarfish, Rhinobatos productus, of California.
  2. shovelnose sturgeon.
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Origin of shovelnose

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; shovel + nose
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Examples from the Web for shovelnose

Historical Examples

  • Shovelnose sturgeon were found only in the lower portion of the Big Blue River.

    Fishes of the Big Blue River Basin, Kansas

    W. L. Minckley

British Dictionary definitions for shovelnose


  1. an American freshwater sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, having a broad shovel-like snout
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