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 Dictionary entry overview: What does folklore mean? 

  The noun FOLKLORE has 1 sense:

1. the unwritten literature (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture

  Familiarity information: FOLKLORE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The unwritten literature (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("folklore" is a kind of...):

lore; traditional knowledge (knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote)

Meronyms (parts of "folklore"):

folk tale; folktale (a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk)

Domain member category:

lycanthropy ((folklore) the magical ability of a person to assume the characteristics of a wolf)

peri ((Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done)

Titania ((Middle Ages) the queen of the fairies in medieval folklore)

Oberson ((Middle Ages) the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore)

banshee; banshie ((Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death)

lamia; vampire ((folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living)

kelpie; kelpy ((Scottish folklore) water spirit in the form of a horse that likes to drown its riders)

goblin; hob; hobgoblin ((folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings)

dibbuk; dybbuk ((Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior)

brownie; elf; gremlin; hob; imp; pixie; pixy ((folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous)

troll ((Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains)

ogre ((folklore) a giant who likes to eat human beings)

golem ((Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means)

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