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1510s, Georgics, title of Virgil's poems on rural life, from Latin georgica, from georgicus (adj.), from Greek georgikos "of a husbandman, agricultural," from ge "earth" + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). As an adjective meaning "related to agriculture" from 1711.
a poem dealing with practical aspects of agriculture and rural affairs. The model for such verse in postclassical literature was Virgil's Georgica, itself modeled on a now lost Georgika (Greek: "agricultural things") by the 2nd-century BC Greek poet Nicander of Colophon.