- a collection of pastoral poems (42–37 b.c.) by Vergil.
Also called Bucolics.
- a pastoral poem, often in dialogue form.
Origin of eclogue
1400–50; late Middle English eclog < Latin ecloga < Greek eklogḗ selection, akin to eklégein to select; see ec-
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Examples from the Web for eclogues
Every naturalist concealed within him a lover of idylls or eclogues.The Industries of Animals
Their argument was as unlike one of the debates in Vergil's Eclogues as possible.
To the Reader, prefixed to translation of Eclogues of Mantuan, 1567.Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
Eclogues he called them, and meant to have published them by subscription.The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes
His Eclogues are somewhat too long, if we compare them with the ancients.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1
- a pastoral or idyllic poem, usually in the form of a conversation or soliloquy
C15: from Latin ecloga short poem, collection of extracts, from Greek eklogē selection, from eklegein to select; see eclectic
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Word Origin and History for eclogues
"short poem," especially a pastoral dialogue, mid-15c., from Latin ecloga "selection, short poem, eclogue," from Greek ekloge "selection," from eklegein "to select" (see eclectic).
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