Definition of oral-formulaic in English:

oral-formulaic

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting poetry belonging to an early spoken tradition characterized by the use of poetic formulas, e.g., the Homeric poems.

    • ‘Finally, Parry's researches into oral-formulaic technique suggest that the questions raised regarding the identity "Homer" need to be revised somewhat.’
    • ‘Narrators are evidently able to re-create this scene by means of their oral-formulaic abilities and adapt it as necessary to fit the requirements of different tales.’

Pronunciation:

oral-formulaic

/ˌôrəlˌfôrmyəˈlāik/