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[byoo-kol-ik] /byuˈkɒl ɪk/
adjective, Also, bucolical
of or relating to shepherds; pastoral.
of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
a pastoral poem.
Archaic. a farmer; shepherd; rustic.
Origin of bucolic
1525-35; < Latin būcolicus < Greek boukolikós rustic, equivalent to boukól(os) herdsman (bou-, stem of boûs ox + -kolos keeper + -ikos -ic
Related forms
bucolically, adverb
2, 3. georgic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bucolic
  • Galilee has often been depicted as rural, bucolic hinterland, characterized by natural beauty and simplicity of life.
  • The war interrupted his bucolic plans, but only briefly.
  • Its unique architecture, winding streets and bucolic setting make it a great getaway.
  • This year's October festival was a jolly, bucolic spectacle.
  • It's true that I had a bucolic, truly peaceful childhood, growing up in a house next to our family's orchard.
  • Things have moved with truly bucolic deliberation.
  • Apple orchards nearby add to the bucolic charm.
  • During the bucolic episodes in the middle of this first movement, the music emerged here hushed, tender yet tense.
  • The near bucolic setting hides a raft of jealousies and passions that quietly build and seethe until the inevitable crest.
  • The mood is ominous from the start, its sense of foreboding nicely contrasted with the bucolic English countryside.
British Dictionary definitions for bucolic


of or characteristic of the countryside or country life; rustic
of or relating to shepherds; pastoral
(sometimes pl) a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue
a rustic; farmer or shepherd
Derived Forms
bucolically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin būcolicus, from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos cowherd, from bous ox
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Word Origin and History for bucolic

1610s, earlier bucolical (1520s), from Latin bucolicus, from Greek boukolikos "pastoral, rustic," from boukolos "cowherd, herdsman," from bous "cow" (see cow (n.)) + -kolos "tending," related to Latin colere "to till (the ground), cultivate, dwell, inhabit" (the root of colony). Middle Irish búachaill, Welsh bugail "shepherd" are Celtic words form from the same root material as Greek boukolos.

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