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

  • n. An apocryphal story involving incidents of the recent past, often including elements of humor and horror, that spreads quickly and is popularly believed to be true.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A widely circulated story that is untrue or apocryphal, often having elements of humour or horror.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false; contains elements of humor or horror and is popularly believed to be true


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