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Feb 28, 2012
This week's theme
Words with hidden animals

This week's words
capricious
bucolic
cuckold
lyceum
jubilee

The Arcadian or Pastoral State
The Arcadian or Pastoral State
Art: Thomas Cole (1801-1848)

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bucolic

PRONUNCIATION:
(byoo-KOL-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Pastoral; rustic.
2. Of or relating to a herdsman or a shepherd.
noun:
1. A pastoral poem.
2. A farmer; shepherd.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek boukolos (herdsman), from bous (ox). Earliest documented use: 1609. Other words derived from the same animal are bovine, boustrophedon, and hecatomb.

USAGE:
"War Horse tells the story of Joey, a horse raised in the bucolic English countryside who is torn away from his home and sent to France to the battlefields of World War I."
Spielberg Shares Storytelling Secrets in Paris; Daily News Egypt (Cairo); Jan 11, 2012.

See more usage examples of bucolic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare, playwright and poet (1564-1616)

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