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1871, "Ger. fairy or folk tale," from Ger., "a story or tale," from M.H.G. merechyn "short verse narrative," from O.H.G. mari "news, tale," from PGmc. *mærjo- "renowned, famous, illustrious" (cf. O.E. mære) + dim. suffix -chen.
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