shoveler

noun
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 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. BostonGlobe.com, 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. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2020 Nantucket: Two Northern shovelers were seen on Miacomet Pond and a tufted duck continues to be seen at Madaket. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Feb. 2020 All shovelers will have to submit to metal detectors upon entry on Sunday morning, and, in order to expedite the process, no bags, purses or backpacks will be permitted. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2020 Fifty-five power magnification revealed a swarm of gadwalls, teal, and shovelers, thick as piss ants on a cookie. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 17 Dec. 2019 Additional sightings included Northern shovelers, blackpoll warblers and black-and-white warblers lingering on the island. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2019 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Among reports were four Northern shovelers, a Eurasian wigeon, a ruddy duck, a pectoral sandpiper, three American woodcocks, an Eastern phoebe, and a Lapland longspur. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shoveler

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shoveler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoveler. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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