runcible spoonrun·ci·ble spoon
any of various utensils with broad tines and a spoonlike shape
Origin of runcible spoonname of a table utensil of indefinite form referred to by Edward Lear in his humorous poem “The Owl and the Pussycat” (1871) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps obsolete rounceval, huge ( from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + -ible
Any of various spoons, especially a three-pronged fork that is curved like a spoon and that has a cutting edge.
Origin of runcible spoonFrom 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 Rouncivalvariant 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)
- 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.