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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
The bucolic town of Los Altos Hills, California, climbed three spots to No.
Now, nearly five months after October’s firestorm, the bucolic valley in the shadow of Mount St. Helena has hardly begun to recover, a reminder of the historic breadth of the disaster.
In 1878, Trinity moved out of the center of Hartford, from the site where the state Capitol now stands, to a bucolic hilltop more than a mile away.
The Valley itself was relatively bucolic, honeycombed with orchards and farms.
Developers hoped the Forest Glen hotel’s location on a train line would entice city dwellers to rest in bucolic luxury.
Governors Island will be the first site in (the most bucolic possible part of) a major metropolitan hub.
But Garrison or Cold Spring? Enamored of Cold Spring’s quaint downtown, but drawn to Garrison’s more bucolic flavor, the Wynns were torn.
Making the most of the freedom baked into adapter Ian Wooldridge’s script — which gives directors a lot of leeway on how to stage Orwell’s story — Adrales skips the bucolic setting and amber waves of grain.
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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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