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bucolic

[byoo-kol-ik] /byuˈkɒl ɪk/
adjective, Also, bucolical
1.
of or relating to shepherds; pastoral.
2.
of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
noun
3.
a pastoral poem.
4.
Archaic. a farmer; shepherd; rustic.
Origin
1525-1535
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
Synonyms
2, 3. georgic.
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British Dictionary definitions for bucolical

bucolic

/bjuːˈkɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of the countryside or country life; rustic
2.
of or relating to shepherds; pastoral
noun
3.
(sometimes pl) a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue
4.
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 bucolical

bucolic

adj.

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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