fabliau

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fabliau medieval French humorous tale in verse. XIX. — F., evolved from OF. (Picard) fablia(u)x, pl. of fablel, dim. of fable; see prec. and -EL2.

fabliau

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fabliau a metrical tale, typically a bawdily humorous one, of a type found chiefly in early French poetry.