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bucolic

[byoo-kol-ik]
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adjective Also bu·col·i·cal.
  1. of or relating to shepherds; pastoral.
  2. of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
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noun
  1. a pastoral poem.
  2. Archaic. a farmer; shepherd; rustic.
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Origin of bucolic

1525–35; < Latin būcolicus < Greek boukolikós rustic, equivalent to boukól(os) herdsman (bou-, stem of boûs ox + -kolos keeper + -ikos -ic
Related formsbu·col·i·cal·ly, adverb

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2, 3. georgic.
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  • He tapped his breast-pocket with a sneer of bucolic triumph.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • In fact, the wife did not show the husband's enthusiasm as to the bucolic life.

  • The Bolbitinitic and Bucolic mouths, on the other hand, are not natural but made by digging.

  • The Old Squire, too, had his bucolic enemies as well as Gram.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • The Bolbitinitic, and Bucolic mouths, on the other hand, are not natural but made by digging.


British Dictionary definitions for bucolic

bucolic

adjective Also: bucolical
  1. of or characteristic of the countryside or country life; rustic
  2. of or relating to shepherds; pastoral
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noun
  1. (sometimes plural) a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue
  2. a rustic; farmer or shepherd
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Derived Formsbucolically, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin būcolicus, from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos cowherd, from bous ox
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Word Origin and History for bucolic

adj.

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.

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