shovelbum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Old English words scofl (shovel; an excavating machine) and American English bum (with no settled residence)

Noun[edit]

shovelbum ‎(plural shovelbums)

  1. (US, archaeology) A professional excavator on cultural resource management projects, who has done extensive field work.

Verb[edit]

shovelbum ‎(third-person singular simple present shovelbums, present participle shovelbumming, simple past and past participle shovelbummed)

  1. (US, archaeology) To excavate, to do archaeology digs.

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