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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


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