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excavator

[eks-kuh-vey-ter] /ˈɛks kəˌveɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that excavates.
2.
a power-driven machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel, sand, or soil.
3.
a sharp, spoonlike instrument used for scraping out diseased tissue, as in dentistry.
Origin of excavator
1805-1815
1805-15; excavate + -or2
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excavator

/ˈɛkskəˌveɪtə/
noun
1.
a powered machine for digging earth, gravel, sand, etc, esp a caterpillar tractor so equipped
2.
any person, animal, or thing that excavates
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excavator in Medicine

excavator ex·ca·va·tor (ěk'skə-vā'tər)
n.
An instrument, such as a sharp spoon or curette, used in scraping out pathological tissue.

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