eclogue

eclogue

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

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English eclog < Latin ecloga < Greek eklogḗ selection, akin to eklégein to select; see ec-

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eclogue (ˈɛklɒɡ)
 
n
a pastoral or idyllic poem, usually in the form of a conversation or soliloquy
 
[C15: from Latin ecloga short poem, collection of extracts, from Greek eklogē selection, from eklegein to select; see eclectic]

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eclogue
"short poem," especially a pastoral dialogue, 1510s, from L. ecloga, from Gk. ekloge "selection," from eklegein "to select" (see eclectic).
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