an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart <the legend indicated that a large circle represented a major city, while a small circle stood for a small town>
an explanation or description accompanying a pictorial illustration <the legend in the science textbook indicated that the accompanying picture had been enlarged by 1000%>
a traditional but unfounded story that gives the reason for a current custom, belief, or fact of nature <some ancient civilizations had legends about spirits that inhabited trees and rocks>
the body of customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings associated with a people, thing, or place <that story of how the world came to be has long been part of Native American legend>
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