One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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