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

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The cranes, which share the area with cinnamon teals, northern shovelers and other birds, came in, wave after impressive wave, until thousands were milling around on the banks. New York Times, "Tucson Is a City That Encourages You to Explore," 28 Mar. 2018 New arrivals included one rusty blackbird, two snowy egrets, and 18 northern shovelers., "Bird sightings in Massachusetts," 21 Apr. 2018 Guide Caleb Harp reported good shoots for pintails, teal and shovelers near El Campo. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 26," 25 Jan. 2018 In the event those steps don't work, human snow shovelers can be lifted into position to do the work. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage sports dome reopens to the public," 11 Jan. 2018 The rise of the automobile, to cite the obvious example, did indeed put most manure shovelers out of work. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?," 11 Dec. 2017 The pintails, widgeon and shovelers have departed south, but mallards, scoters and a few teal are still hanging in there. John Schandelmeier, Alaska Dispatch News, "Don’t be fooled by a lingering autumn. Winter is coming.," 4 Oct. 2017 The large lagoons at the facility attract a wide variety of waterfowl species, including up to 12,000 ruddy ducks and over 5,000 northern shovelers during spring and fall migration. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Exploring Michigan’s Wetland Wonders," 21 Aug. 2017 Northern shovelers, called spoonbills by most Louisiana anglers, were the only other species to improve from last year's numbers. Todd Masson,, "Most Louisiana hunters will be thrilled with annual duck report," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shoveler

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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