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fabliau, plural fabliaux (both: fäblēō´), short comic, often bawdy tale in verse that deals realistically and satirically with middle-class or lower-class characters. Fabliaux were often directed against marriage and against members of the clergy. The form was extremely popular in France during the Middle Ages. Excellent examples of fabliaux can be found in pre-Christian Oriental literature, in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and in Boccaccio's Decameron.

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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.

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

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