runcible spoon

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run·ci·ble spoon

Any of various spoons, especially a three-pronged fork that is curved like a spoon and that has a cutting edge.

[From runcible spoon, nonsense term coined by Edward Lear (originally appearing in The Owl and Pussycat (1871) in the lines They dined on mince and slices of quince / which they ate with a runcible spoon, perhaps inspired by rouncival, a kind of large pea, from the name of the Hospital of St. Mary of Rouncival, in London (in the garden of which the variety was first grown), from Rouncival variant of Roncesvalles (the use of rouncival for the large pea perhaps being influenced by the giant bones purportedly exhibited to pilgrims at Roncesvalles, ostensibly those of legendary heroes who died at Roncesvalles, such as Roland, or those of Sancho VII of Navarre, who is said to have been over seven feet tall).]

runcible spoon

a forklike utensil with two broad prongs and one sharp curved prong
[runcible coined by Edward Lear in a nonsense poem (1871)]

run′ci•ble spoon′

(ˈrʌn sə bəl)
a forklike utensil with two broad prongs and one sharp, curved prong, as used for serving hors d'oeuvres.
[runcible, nonsense term coined in 1871 by Edward Lear]

runcible spoon

- A three-pronged fork curved like a spoon and used as a serving utensil.
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Noun1.runcible spoon - a fork-like spoon with a cutting edge; coined by Edward Lear
spoon - a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
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