runcible spoon[run′sə bəl]
a table utensil of indefinite form referred to by Edward Lear in his humorous poem “The Owl and the Pussycat” (1871): term later applied to any of various utensils with broad tines and a spoonlike shape
Origin of runcible spooncoined by Edward Lear ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps obsolete rounceval, huge (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + -ible
A three-pronged fork, such as a pickle fork, curved like a spoon and having a cutting edge.
Origin of runcible spoonCoined by Edward Lear, perhaps alteration of rounceval, big woman, large pea, wart, monster, huge, from Roncevaux , (Roncesvalles), site where giant bones were found.
- The word runcible, by itself, has no separate meaning.
1871, coined by Edward Lear with no definition, but was applied to the following by 1926.