steam-shovel

steam shovel

noun
a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism

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steam-shovel
 
n
a steam-driven mechanical excavator, esp one having a large bucket or grab on a beam slung from a revolving jib

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