The fabliau (the plural is fabliaux) is a short,
comic tale in verse; the term is
usually used with reference to medieval literature. The humor is
often bawdy or even positively obscene. Among the most famous
fabliaux is Chaucer's Miller's Tale.
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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