シャベル

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See also: しゃべる
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シャベル (shaberu): various shovels.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English shovel.[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

シャベル ‎(romaji shaberu)

  1. a shovel

Synonyms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

The term シャベル ‎(shaberu) appears to be the most general term for a shovel used by hand.

The Japanese Industrial Standards define a distinction between ショベル ‎(shoberu) (notably not シャベル ‎(shaberu)) and スコップ ‎(sukoppu), stating that a hand ショベル ‎(shoberu) has a footrest on the back of the blade of the shovel where the user can place their foot for greater leverage, while a スコップ ‎(sukoppu) has no such footrest.

A large shovel as part of construction equipment appears to be more commonly called a ショベル ‎(shoberu). However, even in this context, シャベル ‎(shaberu) is also used.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9