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folk tale

or folktale

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 called folk story.
Origin of folk tale
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sometimes I have seen the beginning of a folktale in a fragment of narrative reeled off by a Gypsy on the spur of the moment.

    The Gypsy's Parson George Hall
  • So, here's Binder and a neatly wrapped-up package of a folktale of the future.

    Shipwreck in the Sky Eando Binder
British Dictionary definitions for folktale

folk tale

a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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