variants or less commonly pastorelle
plural -s
: a conventional form of poetic pastoral composed in French during the late middle ages and Renaissance and consisting of a love debate between a knight and a shepherdess

Word History


French, young shepherdess, shepherdess's song, feminine diminutive of Old French pastour shepherd, from Latin pastor

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“Pastourelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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