from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pastoral poem, usually in the form of a dialogue between shepherds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pastoral poem, often in the form of a shepherd's monologue or a dialogue between shepherds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pastoral poem, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with each other; a bucolic; an idyl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In poetry, a pastoral composition, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with one another; a bucolic: as, the eclogues of Virgil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
Middle English eclog, from Latin ecloga, from Greek eklogē, selection, from eklegein, to select; see eclectic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The form "eclogue" is from French eclogue, from Latin ecloga. The form "eclog, eglog", attested in Middle English, was apparently taken directly from Latin. Both forms are ultimately from Ancient Greek ἐκλογή (eklogē, "selection"). (Wiktionary)