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Corydon

noun
  1. (in pastoral literature) a shepherd or rustic
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Examples from the Web for corydon

Historical Examples

  • Persons of our rank do not marry like the Corydon and Phyllis of a pastoral.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Of late, since you have listened to the pastorals of that meek Corydon!

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The first check was at Corydon, where a force of militia had gathered.

  • A lover in the shape of a shepherd, like Corydon; a love-sick swain.

  • For Corydon, see Flint's Letters, in our volume ix, note 136.


Word Origin and History for corydon

Corydon

traditional poetic name for a shepherd or rustic swain, from Latin Corydon, from Greek Korydon, name of a shepherd in Theocritus and Virgil.

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