A brilliant word to describe things relating to or typical of rural life. It can also be used to describe an idyllic countryside scene.
I think I first came across the word in reference to a pastoral poem that depicted the life of a shepherd.
Its first known use was circa 1609.
‘it evolved from the Latin bucolicus, from Greek boukolikos, from boukoloscowherd, from bous head of cattle + -kolos (akin to Latincolere to cultivate)’
So how has it been used?
‘St. Paul’s was a private Episcopal boys’ schooloutside of Concord, New Hampshire, sixty miles from Windsor, in the middle of a wooded, secluded,bucolic nowhere.’
— Ken Gormley, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation
‘the North Shore commuter train scuds through bucoliclandscape for a while, the rocks and trees permitting glimpses of Appleton Farms …’
—John Updike, New England Monthly, October 1989