Ec"logue (?), n. [L. ecloga, Gr. a selection, choice extracts, fr. to pick out, choose out; out + to gather, choose: cf. F. 'egloque, 'ecloque. See Ex-, and Legend.]

A pastoral poem, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with each other; a bucolic; an idyl; as, the Ecloques of Virgil, from which the modern usage of the word has been established.

 

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