a traditional but unfounded story that gives the reason for a current custom, belief, or fact of nature <according to an ancient Greek myth, humans acquired fire from Prometheus, a Titan who had stolen it from heaven>
the body of customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings associated with a people, thing, or place <over the years Davy Crockett evolved from an actual person to one of the great figures of American myth>
a false idea or belief <the idea that alligators can live in the sewers of New York is just a myth> Synonyms delusion
, old wives' tale
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