Definition of bucolic in English:


Line breaks: bu|col¦ic
Pronunciation: /bjuːˈkɒlɪk


Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life: the church is lovely for its bucolic setting
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  • The last painting Church executed on this theme, A Country Home, provides a bucolic slice of life in a serenely solitary and beautiful setting.
  • Perhaps you're outdoorsy and love the idea of a bucolic agrarian business.
  • It is a scene of almost bucolic splendour - a groundsman astride his motorised roller putting the finishing touches to a beautifully manicured cricket ground nestling on the fringes of an attractive county town.


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A pastoral poem.
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  • The result is a complex mix of ancient Greek bucolics (pastoral poetry), the natural history of northern Italy, and the harsh realities of contemporary Roman politics.
  • As the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir put it: ‘Sade's perverse bucolics have the grim austerity of a nudist colony.’
  • Work on a third manuscript, which is called Bucolics, has, however, led me to realize that I am actually trying to construct a poetic trilogy, three separate books that examine an individual's relationship to the natural world.


early 16th century (as a noun): via Latin from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos 'herdsman', from bous 'ox'.



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  • During 1922 the Lake Erie & Western and the Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad (bucolically known as the Clover Leaf Route) were acquired by the Nickel Plate Road.
  • We are in Shaftesbury, the Dorset town bucolically engirdled by the Vale of Blackmore.
  • The agenda is distinctly and bucolically British, with Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Michael Head and Eric Coates lined up.

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