2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter. Pastoral staff, a staff, usually of the form of a shepherd's crook, borne as an official emblem by a bishop, abbot, abbess, or other prelate privileged to carry it. See Crook, and Crosier. Pastoral theology, that part of theology which treats of the duties of pastors.
Origin: L. Pastoralis: cf. F. Pastoral. See Pastor.
1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic. A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects on a country life. (Rambler)
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... native American (Cherokee), therefore our "earth consciousness" is not new. We would love a monetary boost for our research. As to our pastoral setting, what better place to be unencumbered by traffic, sirens, and mayhem of the city. We look out the windows to see deer and squirrels ...
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