from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A moral fable, especially one having animals or inanimate objects as characters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a short story with a moral, often involving talking animals or objects; a fable
- n. use of fable to persuade the audience
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A story or relation of fictitious events, intended to convey some moral truth; a moral fable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A story or relation of fictitious events intended to convey useful truths; a moral fable; an allegory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short moral story (often with animal characters)
French, from Latin apologus, from Greek apologos : apo-, apo- + logos, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French apologue, from Latin apologus. (Wiktionary)