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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The period spent at a country-seat; retirement in the country.

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  • And for the effeminate villeggiatura
    Rife with more horns than hounds—she hath the chase,
    So animated that it might allure a
    Saint from his beads to join the jocund race;
    Even Nimrod's self might leave the plains of Dura,
    And wear the Melton jacket for a space:—
    If she hath no wild boars, she hath a tame
    Preserve of Bores, who ought to be made game.
    — Byron, Don Juan Canto 13

    "She" is England. Byron is describing the fall hunting season in the English countryside.

    April 25, 2013