Definition of bucolic in English:


Syllabification: bu·col·ic
Pronunciation: /byo͞oˈkälik


  • Of or 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.
    rustic, rural, pastoral, country, countryside
    literary Arcadian, sylvan, georgic


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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 (denoting a pastoral poem): via Latin from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos 'herdsman', from bous 'ox'.

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