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
It may be defined as a realistic folk tale, not bookish in its flavor, but with
  the simple shrewdness of the plain people.
Tell them they may color their pictures while you read aloud a folk tale about
Students should be encouraged to apply the moral of the folk tale to real-life
Then ask each group to predict how they think the folk tale will end.
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