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Nov 23, 2016
This week’s theme
Don’t judge a word by its sound

This week’s words
pulchritude
degustation
bucolic
puissant
crepuscular

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. Earliest documented use: 1609.

USAGE:
“The word the real estate agent used to describe the land was bucolic. Bucolic, Dan knew, was generous. The dirt was dusty, muddled. There were dozens of stumps he’d need to dig out by hand.”
Laura Dave; Eight Hundred Grapes; Simon & Schuster; 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Poetry is a sort of homecoming. -Paul Celan, poet and translator (23 Nov 1920-1970)

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