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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in the composition of fables or stories, especially those in which the element of fantasy comes into heavy play: "a land which . . . had given itself up to dreaming, to fabulating, to tale-telling” ( Lawrence Durrell).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tell invented stories, often those that involve fantasy, such as fables.
  • n. A folk story that is not entirely believable.
  • n. A folk story that is told for entertainment, and not intended to be taken as true.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fable.

Etymologies

Latin fābulārī, fābulāt-, to talk, from fābula, tale, talk; see fable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fābulātus, perfect passive participle of fābulor ("tell stories, chat"), from fābula ("fable"). (Wiktionary)

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