shoveler

Definitions

  • SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley
    SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shoveler freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill
    • n shoveler a worker who shovels "a shoveler of coal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the early days of modern theater, artificial lighting was produced by throwing pollen grains of the club moss which is highly flammable when placed on a hot surface onto a hot shovel.
    • Shoveler (Zoöl) 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.
    • Shoveler One who, or that which, shovels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shoveler One who shovels.
    • n shoveler A duck, Spatula clypeata, having a very broad bill which widens toward the end. It is a medium-sized fresh-water duck of the subfamily Anatinæ, inhabiting Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The male is of showy party-colored plumage, with glossy dark-green head like a mallard's, white breast, purplish-chestnut abdomen, sky-blue wing-coverts, and rich green speculum set in black and white, black rump and tail-coverts, blackish bill, orange eyes, and vermilion or red feet. The female is much less gaudy. The length is from 17 to 21 inches. The eggs are about 8 in number, little over 2 by 1½ inches in size, pale-drab or greenish-gray. The shoveler is one of the best ducks for the table. More fully called blue-winged or red-breasted shoveler, and mud-shoveler; also shovellbill, spoonbill, spoonbilled duck, spoon-billed teal or widgeon broadbill broady and swaddlebill.
    • n shoveler The spoonbill Platalea leucorodia.
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Quotations

  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Enough shovels of earth -- a mountain. Enough pails of water -- a river.”
  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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    “Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.”
  • J. A. Dever
    J. A. Dever
    “Drop the hammer and pick up the shovel.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Also shoveller,

Usage

In literature:

So long as I can keep body and soul together, with a pick and shovel, or any other implement that comes to hand, I'll stick.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
Hazel helped operate the rocker, and took her turn at shoveling or filling the box with water while Bill rocked.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Roads were cleared, paths shoveled, stores opened.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
He needed money to purchase a burro, packs, canteen, pick, shovel, dynamite, and provisions.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
I haven't got much respect for those men who dig down for stones with shovels, in order to take away the word of God.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
A man could be seen moving spectrally around and shoveling ore into a crusher set in the mill wall.
"Frank Merriwell, Junior's, Golden Trail" by Burt L. Standish
Bunny, Sue, and Harry kept on digging, Sue finally insisting on taking a turn with the shovel.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove" by Laura Lee Hope
One-eleven tried to keep on without a pick and shovel gang.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
One day Margy and Mun Bun went off by themselves with the pails and shovels they had played with at the beach when they visited Cousin Tom.
"Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's" by Laura Lee Hope
May Robin put the shovel in the fire for you?
"The Peace Egg and Other tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
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In poetry:

Rooke that gained Gibraltar,
And gallant Leake also,
Myngs and stout old Shovell
And honest Benbow…
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
For Bruadar gape the grave,
Up-shovel for Smith the mould,
Amen, O King of the Sunday! Leave
Glinn in the Devil's hold.
Amen! ...
" A Curse" by Anonymous Irish
As I crossed the wooden bridge I wondered
As I looked into the drain
If ever a summer morning should find me
Shovelling up eels again.
"On An Apple-Ripe September Morning" by Patrick Kavanagh
They laid the pick-axe to the stones
And they moved them soon asunder.
They shovell'd away the hard-prest clay
And came to the coffin under.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
The Shovel blushed as she answered,
"I thank you kindly, Mister,
But my promise belongs to the faithful Tongs,
So I only can be your sister."
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Poker proposed to the shovel
That they should be man and wife,
"I think," said he, "that we could agree
As we journey along through life."
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Ramblin' Rhodes: Shovels & Rope roping in followers.
Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are the duo Shovels & Rope .
I understand there's more to it than a couple of shovels and a backhoe, but why isn't the road between Lahaina and Maalaea four-lane.
The 2002 Indian Creek High School graduate who remembers shoveling snow on a baseball field as a freshman for coach Joe Dunlevy, has traded that utensil for some sunscreen.
Some shoveled sand that had piled up inside and outside their homes.
Man beaten to death with shovel.
Residents took to their driveways and sidewalks to shovel or snow blow them clean.
I'll believe, I guess, when the first shovels turn dirt on the Carver -Hawkeye Arena renovation project.
The Commercial Appeal files A groundbreaking occasion A tin sand shovel proved unequal to the task when Celeste McKinney (right) turned earth at the groundbreaking for the Negro Teaching Hospital and Nurses Home on Nov 22, 1953.
Mayor of Woodstock presented with ceremonial shovel.
Double Shovel offers the South Plains's only cut your tree experience.
Are Residents Of Cordova Tired Of Shoveling Snow Yet.
When you're trying to clear nearly 15 feet of snow, a regular shovel just isn't going to cut it.
Cordova out of shovels as season's snowfall tops 15 feet.
A student under arrest in the case of a missing fellow University of Florida student bought a shovel and duct tape just days before the victim disappeared, police said Wednesday.
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