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
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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
Presents seven easy-to-read ghost stories based on traditional folk tales and legends from various countries.
Folk tales often represent the soul and history of a place.
Many folk tales of weather prediction by plants and animals have circulated for centuries.
In their humor and graphic descriptions, the stories seem to be folk tales.
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