runcible spoonrun·cible spoon
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
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.