Definition of oral-formulaic in English:

oral-formulaic

Syllabification: o·ral-for·mu·la·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌôrəlˌfôrmyəˈlāik
 
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adjective

Relating to or denoting poetry belonging to an early spoken tradition characterized by the use of poetic formulas, e.g., the Homeric poems.
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  • Narrators are evidently able to re-create this scene by means of their oral-formulaic abilities and adapt it as necessary to fit the requirements of different tales.
  • Finally, Parry's researches into oral-formulaic technique suggest that the questions raised regarding the identity "Homer" need to be revised somewhat.

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