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Bucolics

[byoo-kol-iks]
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noun
  1. Eclogues.
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bucolic

[byoo-kol-ik]
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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Examples from the Web for bucolics

Historical Examples

  • I noticed more than fifty expressions which could be found in the 'Bucolics.'

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • 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!"

  • 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

    Tommaso Campanella


British Dictionary definitions for bucolics

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 bucolics

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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