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Fabliau Definition

A short tale in verse originating from early French poetry. Fabliaux were often comic or ribald in tone. An English example is the Miller's Tale by Chaucer.

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\Fa`bli`au"\, n.; pl. {Fabliaux} (-[-o]"). [F., fr. OF. fablel, dim. of fable a fable.] (Fr. Lit.) One of the metrical tales of the Trouv[`e]res, or early poets of the north of France.

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