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myth

noun [C/U]  /mɪθ/ us  
literature a traditional story, esp. one which explains the early history or a cultural belief or practice of a group of people, or explains a natural event: [C] Kids like the stories about the gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman myths. A myth is also a commonly believed but false idea: [C] Equal opportunity continues to be a myth for many.
mythological
adjective [not gradable]  /ˌmɪθ·əˈlɑdʒ·ɪ·kəl/ us  
mythological tales
Translations of “myth”
in Korean 신화, 근거 없이 믿는 것…
in Arabic أسطورة…
in French mythe…
in Turkish efsane, söylenti, uydurma şey…
in Italian mito…
in Chinese (Traditional) 古代故事, 神話…
in Russian миф, выдумка, вымысел…
in Polish mit…
in Spanish mito…
in Portuguese mito…
in German die (Götter-) Sage…
in Catalan mite…
in Japanese 神話, 作り話, (広く信じられているが)根拠のない説…
in Chinese (Simplified) 古代神话, 神话…
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