shov·​el·​er | \ ˈshə-və-lər How to pronounce shoveler (audio) , ˈshəv-lər \
variants: or shoveller

Definition of shoveler

1 : one that shovels
2 : any of several freshwater ducks (genus Anas) that have a large very broad bill and feed by dabbling

Examples of shoveler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples of birds to look for at the preserve: A variety of ducks including northern shoveler, green-winged teal and mallard. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2022 By this time, the winds were falling, down to around 30 miles per hour sustained, but gusts will still burst snow into a walker’s -- or young snow shoveler’s -- face., 29 Jan. 2022 Other waterfowl, such as the American coot and the northern shoveler, are even more numerous. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Jan. 2022 In Pittsfield, observers saw a great egret, a northern shoveler, and an osprey at Lake Pontoosuc., 30 Oct. 2021 Western Massachusetts: There was a red-throated loon in Pittsfield, a Northern shoveler and three palm warblers in Cheshire, and a Louisiana waterthrush at October Mountain State Park., 10 Apr. 2021 No duck may be less coveted by hunters than the northern shoveler, but none of us would pass on this spoonbill/wigeon hybrid. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 Five pine warblers were seen along with two Northern shovelers at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, a winter wren at McCarthy Park in Medfield, and two fox sparrows at Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont., 9 Feb. 2020 Nantucket: Two Northern shovelers were seen on Miacomet Pond and a tufted duck continues to be seen at Madaket., 2 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of shoveler

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shoveler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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