It wasn't until I was looking at these hand-turned olive wood utensils being sold by a religious order in a market in Provence that I realized I had never paid attention to how to say "spoonful" in French. It's cuillerée.
une cuillerée: a spoonful
une cuillerée pleine: a heaping spoonful
une cuillerée rase: a level spoonful
Il faut une longue cuiller pour souper avec le Diable.
Translated literally this says a long spoon is needed when having supper with the devil, meaning that you should keep your distance from shady or dangerous individuals.
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