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Variant of folderol.
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(ˈfældɪˌræl) ,




1. a showy but worthless trifle
2. foolish nonsense
3. (Music, other) a nonsensical refrain in old songs
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(ˈfæl dəˌræl)

also fal•de•rol



1. mere nonsense; foolish talk or ideas.
2. a trifle; gimcrack; gewgaw.
[1695–1705; orig. as a nonsense refrain in songs; of obscure orig.]
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