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steam shovel

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noun

a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler.

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Origin of steam shovel

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for steam shovel

steam-shovel

noun

a steam-driven mechanical excavator, esp one having a large bucket or grab on a beam slung from a revolving jib
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