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 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., "Bird sightings," 9 Feb. 2020 Nantucket: Two Northern shovelers were seen on Miacomet Pond and a tufted duck continues to be seen at Madaket., "Bird sightings," 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,, "Green Bay Packers Need 700 Volunteers to Shovel Snow from Stadium Before Game," 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, "How to Scout for Late-Season Ducks—and Shoot a Limit," 17 Dec. 2019 Additional sightings included Northern shovelers, blackpoll warblers and black-and-white warblers lingering on the island., "Most read on," 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., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 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

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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