fabula praetexta

noun fabula prae·tex·ta \-prēˈtekstə-\
variants: less commonly

fabula praetextata

\-(ˌ)prēˌtekˈstätə, -ātə\

Definition of fabula praetexta

plural

fabulae praetextae

\-ˌstē\
  1. :  an ancient Roman drama with a theme from Roman history or legend

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Origin and Etymology of fabula praetexta

Latin, literally, drama in praetextae; from the praetextae worn by the actors


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