From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
1. A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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