from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata.
  • noun The spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia.
  • noun The scaup-duck, Fuligula marila, and other species of that genus.
  • noun A bird of the family Eurylœmidœ. There are nine or ten species of broadbills peculiar to the Indian region. Also called broadmouth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A wild duck (Aythya marila, or Fuligula marila), which appears in large numbers on the eastern coast of the United States, in autumn; -- called also bluebill, blackhead, raft duck, and scaup duck. See scaup duck.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The shoveler. See Shoveler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several ducks, having a broad bill, including the shoveler
  • noun Any of several small passerine birds of the family Eurylaimidae

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small birds of the Old World tropics having bright plumage and short wide bills
  • noun tropical American heron related to night herons
  • noun diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
  • noun freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill


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