from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fork for trying meat and taking it from a boiler in cooking.


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  • The forks in particular were of a classic grace -- so much so that when, in looking through my big sister's mythology I came upon a picture of Neptune with his trident, I called it his flesh-fork, and asked if he were about to take up meat with it, from the waves boiling about his feet.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch-Williams

  • Not one utensil for a fire, except an old pair of tongs, which travels through the house, and is likewise employed to take the meat out of the pot, for want of a flesh-fork.

    The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. - Volume 07 Historical and Political Tracts-Irish Jonathan Swift 1706

  • As it is not, however, our intention to furnish a complete catalogue of these curiosities, we shall merely mention that in front of them lay a large and sharp knife, once the property of the public executioner, and used by him to dissever the limbs of those condemned to death for high-treason; together with an immense two-pronged flesh-fork, likewise employed by the same terrible functionary to plunge the quarters of his victims in the caldrons of boiling tar and oil.

    Jack Sheppard A Romance William Harrison Ainsworth 1843


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