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proverb

  

      n  
1    a short, memorable, and often highly condensed saying embodying, esp. with bold imagery, some commonplace fact or experience  
2    a person or thing exemplary in respect of a characteristic  
Antarctica is a proverb for extreme cold     
3      (Ecclesiast)   a wise saying or admonition providing guidance  
      vb   tr  
4    to utter or describe (something) in the form of a proverb  
5    to make (something) a proverb  
     (C14: via Old French from Latin proverbium, from verbum word)  
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proverb

  
  
adage, aphorism, apophthegm, byword, dictum, gnome, maxim, saw, saying  

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