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Gender Masculine & Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. FAY-bel  [key]
Other Forms FormsFabel

Meaning & History

Derived from the word for a succinct story, in prose or verse, that features animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are given human qualities, and that illustrates a moral lesson.
The word "fable" comes from the Latin fabula (a "story"), itself derived from fari ("to speak") with the -ula suffix that signifies "little".
Added 10/15/2009 by NobodyOfConsequence
Edited 9/3/2016 by LMS, Frollein Gladys and NobodyOfConsequence