Although this story was described as an “Australian” folktale when published in 1910, Australia is too young a nation to have folktales of its own. This is an Australian . Like those of many other ancient cultures, it tries to explain the meaning of every-day things in the world: in this case how fish got into rivers, and why rivers always feel warmer if you swim in them on a cold day.
(adj: aboriginal) Of or relating to the people and things that have been in a region from the earliest time. Used especially when referring to the native peoples of Australia.
(n: aborigine pl aborigines) 1. A member of the original people to live in an area. 2. A member of any of the native peoples of Australia. 9000
(n: myth pl myths) 1. A story based on tradition or legend which continues to have a deep symbolic meaning within a cultural group, especially one dealing with gods, heroes etc. 2. An idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true. It's a myth that money brings happiness. 5000
(n: mythology, noncount) A collection of myths. We have been studying Greek mythology. 7000