Fabula means "tale/story", not specifically "fable". "Fable" is just the English derivative.Although I can't quite put my finger on it, I'm sure there must be some sort of clear difference between a tale and a fable. Perhaps it's that a tale can be true, or lacks the fantastical elements of a fable? I don't know, but is “fabularum" the closest that Latin has for “tale”. By the way, seeing you all discuss it is awesome. Thank you!