runcible spoon love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A three-pronged fork, such as a pickle fork, curved like a spoon and having a cutting edge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fork-like spoon that has a cutting edge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fork-like spoon with a cutting edge; coined by Edward Lear

Etymologies

Coined by Edward Lear, perhaps alteration of rounceval, big woman, large pea, wart, monster, huge, from Roncevaux (Roncesvalles), site where giant bones were found.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1871, coined by Edward Lear with no definition, but was applied to the following by 1926. (Wiktionary)

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  • Maybe it uses runcible spoons to serve the food.

    January 15, 2010

  • Why???

    January 15, 2010

  • There is a restaurant in my town called Runcible Spoon.

    January 15, 2010

  • Of course! How could I have forgotten one of my favorite words! Thanks for the reminder, trivet and sionnach. :-)

    *Running off to add it to my list*

    February 22, 2007

  • Nonsense from Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat, 1871:

    They dined on mince and slices of quince,
    which they ate with a runcible spoon.

    Often defined as something akin to a spork, although Lear used the word runcible rather indiscriminately.

    February 22, 2007