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[thee-ok-ri-tuh s]
  1. flourished c270 b.c., Greek poet.
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Related formsThe·oc·ri·te·an [thee-ok-ri-tee-uh n] /θiˌɒk rɪˈti ən/, The·oc·ri·tan, adjective
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Examples from the Web for theocritus

Historical Examples of theocritus

  • It is like closing a volume of Ossian and opening the pages of Theocritus.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • "Let me get something for myself," he says, like the churl in Theocritus.

  • Theocritus calls the hyacinth black—melan—and so does Vergil.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • With certain differences it is the same with our Theocritus.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • It was the method of the old pastoral poets like Theocritus.

British Dictionary definitions for theocritus


  1. ?310–?250 bc, Greek poet, born in Syracuse. He wrote the first pastoral poems in Greek literature and was closely imitated by Virgil
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Derived FormsTheocritan or Theocritean (θɪˌɒkrɪˈtiːən), adjective, noun
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