Definition of traveller's tale in English:

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traveller's tale

noun

A story about the unusual characteristics or customs of a foreign country, regarded as typically exaggerated or untrue.
Example sentences
  • Of solitaires there are only travelers' tales and sketches, and a few bones [found in the caves of the limestone platform of the island].
  • ‘There are travelers' tales from about 1839 reporting Zulu accounts that ‘elephants gently warm their brains with fermented fruits,’ Morris said.
  • She crams it with stories from so many sources that it resembles a medieval traveler's tale, indiscriminately conflating fact and rumor.
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