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[ek-lawgz, -logz]
  1. a collection of pastoral poems (42–37 b.c.) by Vergil.
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Also called Bucolics.


[ek-lawg, -log]
  1. a pastoral poem, often in dialogue form.
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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

Historical Examples of eclogues

  • Every naturalist concealed within him a lover of idylls or eclogues.

    The Industries of Animals

    Frdric Houssay

  • 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.

  • Eclogues he called them, and meant to have published them by subscription.

  • His Eclogues are somewhat too long, if we compare them with the ancients.

British Dictionary definitions for eclogues


  1. a pastoral or idyllic poem, usually in the form of a conversation or soliloquy
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Word Origin for eclogue

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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