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(1) an object traditionally presented, until 1909 when the system of listing all successful candidates in order of merit ceased, by his friends to the candidate who came bottom of the third class, or Junior Optimes, of the mathematical tripos; (2) the person so honoured. There is a photograph of the last Wooden Spoon (in both senses) facing p. 34 in H. P. Stokes, Ceremonies of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, 1927). See also wooden wedge.