bucolic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bucolic (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic "a country life of arcadian contentment","a pleasant bucolic scene","charming in its pastoral setting","rustic tranquility"
    • adj bucolic relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle "pastoral seminomadic people","pastoral land","a pastoral economy"
    • n bucolic a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
    • n bucolic a country person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bucolic A pastoral poem, representing rural affairs, and the life, manners, and occupation of shepherds; as, the Bucolics of Theocritus and Virgil.
    • a Bucolic Of or pertaining to the life and occupation of a shepherd; pastoral; rustic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bucolic Pastoral; relating to country affairs, or to a shepherd's life and occupation: as, bucolic song.
    • bucolic Agricultural: used humorously or in disparagement.
    • n bucolic [⟨ L. bucolicum, pl. bucolica, neut. of bucolicus: see I.] A pastoral poem, representing rural affairs, or the life, manners, and occupation of shepherds: as, the bucolics of Theocritus and Virgil.
    • n bucolic A writer of pastorals.
    • n bucolic A countryman; a farmer: used humorously or in depreciation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bucolic bū-kol′ik pertaining to the tending of cattle: pastoral: rustic, countrified
    • n Bucolic a pastoral poem
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. bucolicus, Gr. , fr. cowherd, herdsman; ox + (perh.) race horse; cf. Skr. kal, to drive: cf. F. bucolique,. See Cow the animal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. boukolikosboukolos, a herdsman.

Usage

In literature:

The second was principally bucolic.
"The Arena" by Various
The ten short poems called Bucolics, or Eclogues, were the earliest works of Virgil, and probably all written between B.C.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
An unreasonable, bucolic jealousy, partly due to his condition, overcame Collie's usual serenity.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
These bucolic joys are hardly in my line.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Ability, a bucolic estimate of, viii, 173.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Hawthorne's first bucolic experience was with the famous "transcendental heifer" mistakenly said to have been the property of Margaret Fuller.
"The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees" by Mary Caroline Crawford
She brought down two styles, both of which were bucolic.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
A great broad smile, not untouched with awe, spread over his bucolic features.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Have you the bucolic tastes of your rival in finery, the Splendid Phanaeus?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The girls were dull, and the men bucolic.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He is a mere bucolic idiot.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
His bucolic calm had gone.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Could it be that her very gawkiness and frank simplicity were the result not of bucolic nature, but of dissimulation?
"Anything Once" by Douglas Grant
That done I would live by rote and acquire bucolic health, I told myself.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The fair which is held here every year affords a good opportunity for a study of the bucolic character.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
Lord Conroy, bluff and bucolic, was telling Mrs. Clinton about his own marriage, fifteen years before.
"The Squire's Daughter" by Archibald Marshall
Revised (Dennison) .50 Vergil's Aeneid (Six Books), Bucolics, and Georgics.
"Complete Classified Price List of School and College Textbooks" by Anonymous
Ungrateful bucolics, you know not what you want!
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
It was farewell, moreover, to an ideal scene, a bit of bucolic poetry.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
He wrote also several epics, bucolics, and dramatic poems.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
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In news:

Photo courtesy of Skaneateles Festival Skaneateles Festival holds its Saturday evening chamber music concerts at the bucolic Brook Farm on West Lake Road.
Married off at a young age to her mother's second cousin, the teenaged Ginny quickly discovers that her new husband's Kentucky pig farm isn't the bucolic idyll she'd been promised.
Peter Ho-Sun Chan's " Dragon " begins as many Chinese martial arts films do, with bucolic village scenes that give way to a destructive, stunt-laden fight.
Christmas hopes bucolic Thornton will be a good place to rear his nine-year-old daughter, but once again he must deal with a violent death—that of Sybella Parry, the choirmaster's grown daughter, whose body he finds inside a large drum .
The Rodale Institute's Organic Pioneer Awards dinner Friday night featured sunset tractor rides in a bucolic setting, an organic feast and a big announcement.
Bucolic-feeling enclave near Tysons Corner.
This bucolic Milton Township hamlet by and large owes its existence to a thermomifer.
French cuisine is largely based on peasant cookery, and you can't get more bucolic than onion soup.
"It's like a 19th-century bucolic stroll," said André Balazs, entrepreneur and High Line pioneer.
Peter Ho-Sun Chan's "Dragon" begins as many Chinese martial arts films do, with bucolic village scenes that give way to a destructive, stunt-laden fight.
From the tree-shaded, well-maintained trail there are bucolic vistas of grassy meadows with grazing cattle.
Tucked between mainland Canada and Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island is a speck in the Gulf of St Lawrence, but you could spend a (pretty relaxing) week exploring its beaches, bucolic countryside and laid back towns.
The folks lining both sides of Main Street last sunny Monday were privileged to witness a spectacle not often seen in these bucolic parts.
Unsullied by time, the picture-postcard landscape unfolds in visual cliché: Immense round hay bales balance in bucolic fields.
Owned by celebrated local chef John Besh, the restaurant evokes the French countryside with its hardwood floors, exposed oak beams, and stucco walls hung with bucolic artwork.
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