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[ ek-lawg, -log ]
/ ˈɛk lɔg, -lɒg /


a pastoral poem, often in dialogue form.

Nearby words

ecliptic, ecliptic coordinate system, ecliptic latitude, ecliptic longitude, eclogite, eclogue, eclogues, eclosion, ecm, ecmnesia, ecmo

Origin of eclogue

1400–50; late Middle English eclog < Latin ecloga < Greek eklogḗ selection, akin to eklégein to select; see ec- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for eclogue


/ (ˈɛklɒɡ) /


a pastoral or idyllic poem, usually in the form of a conversation or soliloquy

Word Origin for eclogue

C15: from Latin ecloga short poem, collection of extracts, from Greek eklogē selection, from eklegein to select; see eclectic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for eclogue



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper