- of or relating to shepherds; pastoral.
- of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
- a pastoral poem.
- Archaic. a farmer; shepherd; rustic.
Origin of bucolic
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Examples from the Web for bucolics
I noticed more than fifty expressions which could be found in the 'Bucolics.'The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Vergil's first work was the Bucolics, in imitation of Theocritus.National Epics
Kate Milner Rabb
I muttered, "it is your satires, not the bucolics of Virgil, that suit this epoch!"Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee and his Paladins
John Esten Cooke
Pasiphaë's monstrous passion for a bull is certainly a subject enough fitted for bucolics.
They also keep capons, fruit, and other things, and for all these matters there is a book which they call the Bucolics.The City of the Sun
- of or characteristic of the countryside or country life; rustic
- of or relating to shepherds; pastoral
- (sometimes plural) a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue
- a rustic; farmer or shepherd
Word Origin and History for bucolics
1610s, earlier bucolical (1520s), from Latin bucolicus, from Greek boukolikos "pastoral, rustic," from boukolos "cowherd, herdsman," from bous "cow" (see cow (n.)) + -kolos "tending," related to Latin colere "to till (the ground), cultivate, dwell, inhabit" (the root of colony). Middle Irish búachaill, Welsh bugail "shepherd" are Celtic words form from the same root material as Greek boukolos.