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n. pl. Märchen
A folktale or fairy story.

[German, from Middle High German merechyn, short verse narrative, diminutive of mære, narrative, from Old High German māri, famous, narrative; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]
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(European Myth & Legend) a German fairy tale or fictional story
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You and I will read these pleasant little MARCHEN together, and dig no more in that dry book, that goes in the corner for making us trouble."
Folktales likewise span the whole range from bawdy comedies of everyday life to the long magical tales called Marchen. Ballads include revenants, demon lovers, and comic devils among their dramatis personae.
[beaucoup moins que]Hafa est connu par son calme; a l'epoque, il etait isole de la ville, etant niche sur la colline de Marchen. C'est un lieu ouvert sur un autre monde.
wonder tale, magic tale, Marchen) than traditionalists do.
Five major container ships--three Danish Marchen Maersk, Marstal Maersk and Majestic Maersk, as well as Parazan and Almuraykj from Malta--transited the canal carrying 200,360 tonnes each.