folk' tale"

1. a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, esp. one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people.
2. any belief or story passed on traditionally, esp. one considered to be false or based on superstition. Also,folk'tale".Also called folk' sto"ry.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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