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pelagic

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adjective pe·lag·ic \pə-ˈla-jik\

Simple Definition of pelagic

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

Full Definition of pelagic

  1. :  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

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