At the most basic level a fable is a story that contains talking animals.
the characteristics is that there will be a lot of prepositional phrases Talking animals.
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The defining characteristic of a fable is that it has talking animals.
The defining trait of a fable is a story that has animals that talk. You can add other traits to this such as: a moral, didactic ect. but these are superfluous.
list all of the characteristics of a geologic formation?
define and list characteristics of law?
They have fur and fee their young milk. Humans are mammals.
There are many characteristics of a mouse that make it a member of the animal kingdom. The fact that it eats and breathes are two characteristics.