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Examples of bucolic in a Sentence
- Pine Ridge … . Its generic blandness and vaguely bucolic quality anticipated similar names—the Oak Parks and River Groves and Lake Forests and Chestnut Hills … —Ian Frazier, On the Rez, 2000
- … the massive population growth has transformed a collection of bucolic villages and mill towns into a chain of strip-mall suburbs. —Jonathan Cohn, New Republic, 7 Feb. 2000
- … Intel gives its generations of microprocessors such bucolic code names as Deschutes, Tillamook, and Katmai but then rolls them out with names that rival those of popes and medieval heads of state: Pentium the III, Celeron the Meek, and Xeon the Magnificent. —Jake Kirchner, PC Magazine, 25 May 1999
- … the North Shore commuter train scuds through bucolic landscape for a while, the rocks and trees permitting glimpses of Appleton Farms … —John Updike, New England Monthly, October 1989
a bucolic region where farms are still common
Recent Examples of bucolic from the Web
Although surrounded by bucolic winding roads and stunning vistas of the wooded foothills of the Catskill mountains, there are few stand-alone houses with big back gardens or picket fences.
But in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which blew through St. Bart's, Anguilla, and Richard Branson's private Necker Island with winds of up to 185 miles per hour, the bucolic region has turned into a disaster zone.
On a bucolic 11-acre property west of Syracuse, NY, Sandra Seabrook houses rescue animals such as horses, pigs, alpaca, goats and chickens.
The gallery is located in the bucolic Company’s Garden, so factor in some time to stroll through the park after your visit.
Well, some did get angry, thanks to the institution—whether based in a teeming big city or a bucolic village, whether exhibiting its wares in print, online or on air—that is so profoundly misunderstood.
Hurricane Harvey left an indelible mark on Refugio and other small communities in what’s called Texas’ Coastal Bend, battering buildings and replacing bucolic bliss with chaos.
Its valley still produces a wealth of food—20 percent of Hokkaido’s tomato crop grows here—and the bucolic pastures of cattle and horses offer a peaceful vista to tourists looking for peace and quiet.
The point of all this is to remind everyone that in Harford County agricultural zoning, which evokes pleasant mental pictures of rolling farmland and other bucolic scenery, there are permitted uses more onerous than wedding venues.
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The Origin of bucolic is "Utterly" Quaint
We get bucolic from the Latin word bucolicus, which is ultimately from the Greek word boukolos, meaning "cowherd." When bucolic was first used in English in the early 17th century, it meant "pastoral" in a narrow sense - that is, it referred to things related to shepherds or herdsmen and in particular to pastoral poetry. Later in the 19th century, it was applied more broadly to things rural or rustic. Bucolic has also been occasionally used as a noun meaning "a pastoral poem" or "a bucolic person."
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