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Nuncheon

Meals

Old term for a small one-plate meal. In use from about 1300, and occasionally until c1890.

In Thomas Urquhart's 1694 version of 'Rabelais'; "Some say there is .. no Dinner like a Lawyer's, no Afternoon's Nunchion like a Vintner's."

Robert Browning's 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' has;
(Sweeter far than by harp or by psaltery
Is breathed) called out, 'Oh rats, rejoice!
The world is grown to one vast drysaltery!
So munch on, crunch on, take your nuncheon,
Breakfast, supper, dinner, luncheon!'



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