Share this entry

Share this page

oral-formulaic

Line breaks: oral-formula¦ic

Definition of oral-formulaic in English:

adjective

Relating to or denoting poetry belonging to an early spoken tradition characterized by the use of poetic formulae.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of oral-formulaic in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure