Meaning of runcible spoon in English:

runcible spoon

Pronunciation /ˈrʌnsɪb(ə)l/


  • A fork curved like a spoon, with three broad prongs, one of which has a sharpened outer edge for cutting.

    • ‘After reading last week's article on the origin of the spoon/fork combo, known as the spork, Nell of Sarasota e-mailed asking whether I was familiar with the runcible spoon used by Owl and Pussycat to eat quince in Edward Lear's famous poem.’


Late 19th century used by Edward Lear, perhaps suggested by late 16th-century rouncival, denoting a large variety of pea.