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Shoveler

shoveler

1. One who, or that which, shovels.

2. (Science: zoology) A river duck (spatula clypeata), native of Europe and America. It has a large bill, broadest towards the tip. The male is handsomely variegated with green, blue, brown, black, and white on the body; the head and neck are dark green. Called also broadbill, spoonbill, shovelbill, and maiden duck. The Australian shoveler, or shovel-nosed duck (S. Rhynchotis), is a similar species.

Origin: Also shoveller.


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