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Noun tale has 2 senses
  1. narrative, narration, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
    --1 is a kind of message, content, subject matter, substance
    --1 has particulars:
     tearjerker; Canterbury Tales; tall tale; folktale, folk tale; sob story, sob stuff; fairytale, fairy tale, fairy story; nursery rhyme
    Derived forms: verb tell2, verb tell3
  2. fib, story, tale, tarradiddle, taradiddle - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
    --2 is a kind of lie, prevarication
    --2 has particulars:
     fairytale, fairy tale, fairy story, cock-and-bull story, song and dance
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