fable

Part of speech: noun

A fictitious story embodying a moral, as where animals are the speakers; any fiction; legend; myth.

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Usage examples "fable":

  1. Few readers, I fancy, care a copper for his fable, or very much for his characters, except for the mere moment when they move in the page; but his descriptions of sky and sea linger in the mind like things actually seen. - "My Contemporaries In Fiction", David Christie Murray.
  2. Geographical position, splendour of natural scenery, immortal fable, and romantic history, had combined to throw a spell over that region. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. The old tale of fires being caused by two branches of a dead tree rubbing against each other is, of course, a fable. - "The Boy With the U. S. Foresters", Francis Rolt-Wheeler.