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or folk tale  (fōk′tāl′)
A story or legend forming part of an oral tradition.
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folk tale

or folk story
1. a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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folk′ tale`

or folk′tale`,

a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people, esp. one forming part of an oral tradition. Also called folk story.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folk tale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folkfolk tale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
flying carpet - (Asian folktale) an imaginary carpet that will fly people anywhere they wish to go
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
narration, narrative, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
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folk tale

nVolksmärchen nt
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It was a folk tale current in mining camps during the early years of the gold rush era, and versions have been found in print in the Sonora Herald of June 11, 1853, and the San Andreas Independent of December 11, 1858.
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"The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain" is an imaginative retelling of a Beauty and the Beast British folk tale originally collected and retold in "A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales" by Katherine M.
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The folk tale behind Boi-Bumba isn't clear, but the magnificent costumes (a riot of peacock feathers and other exotic plumage), Amazonian folk music, and swirling movement make for potent magic.