Etymology
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backhoe (n.)

"excavating equipment consisting of a digging bucket on the end of an articulated arm, typically mounted on the back of a tractor," by 1928, from back (n. or adj.) + hoe (n.).

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Definitions of backhoe

backhoe (n.)
an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth;
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