adjective \pə-ˈla-jik\

: relating to or living in the sea far from the shore

Full Definition of PELAGIC

:  of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea :  oceanic <pelagic sediment> <pelagic birds>
pelagic noun

Examples of PELAGIC

  1. <among pelagic animals the undisputed king is the blue whale, the largest creature currently roaming the face of the earth>
  2. <at one time pelagic whaling was the cornerstone of the island's economy>

Origin of PELAGIC

Latin pelagicus, from Greek pelagikos, from pelagos sea — more at plagal
First Known Use: circa 1656

Rhymes with PELAGIC


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