A brief story used to teach a truth or moral lesson; a statement or comment that conveys an indirect meaning through analogy or comparison.
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
—Matthew 13:31–32 New Testament
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