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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.
v.intr. Archaic
To compose fables.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fābula, from fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

fa′bler n.
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Another chronicler* says of him, "Therefore as in all things we trust Bede, whose wisdom and truth are not to be doubted: so that fabler with his fables shall be forthwith spat out by us all."
But if Geoffrey was a bad writer of history, he was good as "a fabler," and, as we have seen in chapter vii., it was to his book that we owe the first long poem written in English after the Conquest.
"What rhyme do you want?" asked the Fabler as Madame de Sevigne used to call him.