folk tale

a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people.
any belief or story passed on traditionally, especially one considered to be false or based on superstition.
Also, folktale.
Also called folk story.

1890–95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
folk tale or folk story
a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
folk story or folk story

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Example sentences
Those fears have a long history in myth and folktale.
He was a high modernist who perfected the simple folktale and the not-so-simple
But a fiasco is a folktale told by others to make them happy it didn't happen.
The unit includes lessons and suggestions which can be supplemented with
  teachers' own ideas and other folktale choices.
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