pas·tor·al (păstər-əl, pă-stôr-)
a. Of or relating to shepherds or herders.
b. Of, relating to, or used for animal husbandry.
a. Of or relating to the country or country life; rural.
b. Charmingly simple and serene; idyllic. See Synonyms at rural.
3. Of, relating to, or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
4. Of or relating to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
1. A literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
2. Music A pastorale.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstōrālis, from pāstor, shepherd; see PASTOR.]
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Shepherdess with her Sheep by Franz Marc
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