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shovel

noun [C]  /ˈʃʌv·əl/ us  
a tool consisting of a wide blade attached to a long handle, used for digging up or moving loose material, such as earth or snow
shovel
verb [T]  /ˈʃʌv·əl/ us  
Sally is outside shoveling snow away from the driveway.
Translations of “shovel”
in Korean 삽…
in Arabic رَفش…
in French pelle…
in Turkish kürek…
in Italian pala, badile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鏟, (大機器的)鏟鬥, 一鏟(的量)…
in Russian лопата…
in Polish łopata, szufla…
in Spanish pala…
in Portuguese pá…
in German die Schaufel…
in Catalan pala…
in Japanese シャベル, ショベル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 铲, (大机器的)铲斗, 一铲(的量)…
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