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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
Folk/pop singer Ray LaMontagne’s latest, Part of the Light, feels dreamy and bucolic but with one large boot planted in the unmoored psychedelia of Pink Floyd and 1960s Los Angeles cult heroes Love.
The soundscape comes from a sheep herder’s whistle and calls to three sheepdogs, many baaas, and much munching of grass, and traffic noises that invade the bucolic setting.
For Dunn and those in favor, Measure C is about fulfilling the legacy of the Ag Preserve: taking a stand to keep Napa bucolic.
Varney, who had to contend with steadfast residents that did not want a theme park resort in their bucolic backyard.
The materials can be ingenious—in one scene a cobra covered in gorgeous green beads slithers by, and during one bucolic stroll, stalks of wheat in soft focus intervene between us and the characters.
Views of the bucolic backyard can be enjoyed by patios lining the second and third floors.
Old bargeboard shacks were still largely intact among the oaks and spreading fruit trees, a bucolic, oddly rural idyll hidden beyond the littered sidewalks, buses, and tractor trailers of the avenue.
Also drawing inspiration from Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian's novel Soul Mountain, Pluto Moment is a road movie in which a group of disenchanted urbanites roam bucolic forests and rustic villages to search for meaning in their lives.
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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."
BUCOLIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bucolic for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the country or country life
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