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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, fables.
  • adj. In the form of a fable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of fable; fabulous.


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  • All the charmed, fabular beasts caught as if under a spell.

    Jay Kirk: Museum Of Natural History And Carl Akeley's Jounrey To Build Its African Wing

  • In a bustling and minutely imagined fabular landscape, crammed with allegorical figures and places, Luka moves swiftly between the mythological and the contemporary; one minute he is meeting all manner of gods and goddesses, the other he's subject to the laws of the videogame, keeping a close eye on the number of "lives" he has left and trying to save his progress through various levels.

    Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie - review

  • Spielberg is presumably attempting to infuse his film with a fairytale, fabular quality – but all he does is provide it with a directorial straitjacket, with the audience instructed through insistent camera angles, nagging music, and strategised lighting exactly what it's supposed to be feeling at any given moment.

    War Horse – review

  • Betty T, I know there are a few adult books about the truce, and some picture books that cast a fabular glow over the whole thing, but Murphy's book is really good.

    From Cape Cod to Christmas

  • Invention (the invention of a generation, of this generation) cannot maintain the purity of its fictional or fabular status. 27

    'At the Far End of this Ongoing Enterprise...'

  • If this means, as he explains, that the genealogical narrative he provides apparently has no referent, his identification of its fictional — indeed fabular — status does not lead him to abandon this narrative.

    'At the Far End of this Ongoing Enterprise...'

  • In its haunting voice and its inevitable movement, both fabular and precise, it is a nearly perfect work, still as singular and eerie today as when it was published, in 1980.

    The Minister's Tale

  • The fabular relations of the poets are so careful of decorum, that they never leave a Hercules destitute of necessaries; but those still spring, as out of some fountain, as well for him as for his companions.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • But biographical assumptions such as this can occur only if we disregard that The Last Man, in its science, in its slippery time and place, in its complexities of male/female relationships, and its politics, is consciously premised on a fabular realm.

    Radical Imaginings: Mary Shelley's The Last Man

  • To interested readers of Stephen Crane's work, no impression of it could be further than the fabular repute we have mentioned from the facts of his productive career as a writer.

    Stephen Crane.


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  • I propose this word for the now uncommon elder meaning of fabulous: fictitious, made up, or incredible.

    August 26, 2008