This Week’s Word: Bucolic
/byuˈkɒl ɪk/ [byoo-kol-ik]
adj. :: noun
Bucolic describes something that pertains to a country setting. It can also be used as a noun to reference a pastoral poem.
Synonyms: pastoral, agrarian, arcadian
Origin: Originally from the Greek bous, “cow,” combined with the suffix -kolos (tender of), the word for herdsman eventually took on another suffix to become boukolikos, meaning “pastoral” or “rustic.” The word was adopted into Latin, bucolicus, and by the early seventeenth century was adopted into early modern English as bucolical.
Sample: The poet’s bucolic odes exhibit such sumptuous diction—a quality which is not apparent in her love poetry.
Sample 2: The bucolic environment of his cousin’s ranch provided George with the peace and quiet he needed after his nervous breakdown.