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runcible a nonsense word used by Edward Lear in formations such as runcible cat and (especially) runcible spoon; this term was later applied to a fork curved like a spoon, with three broad prongs, one of which has a sharpened outer edge for cutting, although Lear' own illustrations for his books of verse give no warrant for this. The word was perhaps suggested by late 16th-century rouncival, denoting a large variety of pea.