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From Wolfram Alpha :

A simple graph, also called a strict graph, is an unweighted, undirected graph containing no graph loops or multiple edges. Unless stated otherwise, the unqualified term "graph" usually refers to a simple graph. A simple graph with multiple edges is sometimes called a multigraph.

What does multiple edges mean here ? And does graph loop mean self loops ?

Most reasonable graphs will contain more than one edges. So I am a little bit confused with the term multiple edges.

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@draks thanks for that link . But I think the term multiple edges is confusing . Parallel edges gives a more intuitive feel of the definition. –  Geek Sep 27 '12 at 8:06
    
but the edges (shown below) are not parallel...;-) –  draks ... Sep 27 '12 at 9:13

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...two or more edges that are incident to the same two vertices. –  draks ... Sep 27 '12 at 8:05

multiple edges are also known as parallel edges. multiple edges are two or more edges that are incident on the same set of two vertices in a graph.

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