One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The study, interpretation, or representation of the oral narratives of a particular ethnic group, especially focusing on the unique cultural practices and traditions within that group. Also: the written presentation of oral narratives in a poetic (rather than prose) form in an attempt to capture the tone and rhythm of the original spoken performance.
Chiefly with singular concord
1960s; earliest use found in Poetry. From ethno- + poetics.
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