shoveler

[shuhv-uh-ler, shuhv-ler]
noun
1.
a person or thing that shovels.
2.
Ornithology.
a.
a freshwater duck of the Northern Hemisphere, Anas clypeata, having a broad, flat bill.
b.
any of several related, similar ducks.
Also, especially British, shoveller.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see shovel, -er1

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shovel (ˈʃʌvəl)
 
n
1.  an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc, consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
2.  any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
3.  Also called: shovelful the amount that can be contained in a shovel
4.  short for shovel hat
 
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
5.  to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
6.  (tr) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
7.  (tr) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless way: he shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away
 
[Old English scofl; related to Old High German scūfla shovel, Dutch schoffel hoe; see shove]
 
'shoveller
 
n
 
'shoveler
 
n

shoveler (ˈʃʌvələ)
 
n
a duck, Anas (or Spatula) clypeata, of ponds and marshes, having a spoon-shaped bill, a blue patch on each wing, and in the male a green head, white breast, and reddish-brown body

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Except, of course, when the blanket covers the sidewalk and you're the designated shoveler.
The northern shoveler and gadwall are dependent on crustaceans that swim in the water and forage on algae and fine organic matter.
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