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1. A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
2. A story about legendary persons and exploits.
3. A falsehood; a lie.
v. fa·bled, fa·bling, fa·bles
To recount as if true.
To compose fables.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fābula, from fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
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