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 for idyll
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Idyl \I"dyl\, n. [L. idyllium, Gr. ?, fr. ? form; literally, a
     little form of image: cf. F. idylle. See Idol.]
     A short poem; properly, a short pastoral poem; as, the idyls
     of Theocritus; also, any poem, especially a narrative or
     descriptive poem, written in an eleveted and highly finished
     style; also, by extension, any artless and easily flowing
     description, either in poetry or prose, of simple, rustic
     life, of pastoral scenes, and the like. [Written also
     idyll.]
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Wordsworth's solemn-thoughted idyl.      --Mrs.
                                                    Browning.
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           His [Goldsmith's] lovely idyl of the Vicar's home. --F.
                                                    Harrison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  idyll
      n 1: an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify
           as the subject of a poetic idyll
      2: a musical composition that evokes rural life [syn:
         pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl]
      3: a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life [syn:
         eclogue, bucolic, idyll, idyl]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "idyll":
     English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet,
     Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, alba, anacreontic,
     balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso, chanson, clerihew, dirge,
     dithyramb, eclogue, elegy, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode,
     epopee, epopoeia, epos, georgic, ghazel, haiku, jingle, limerick,
     lyric, madrigal, monody, narrative poem, nursery rhyme, ode,
     palinode, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, poem,
     prothalamium, rhyme, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, satire,
     sestina, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, tanka, tenso,
     tenzone, threnody, triolet, troubadour poem, verse, verselet,
     versicle, villanelle, virelay
  
  

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