Simple Definition of pelagic
: 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>
Examples of pelagic
<among pelagic animals the undisputed king is the blue whale, the largest creature currently roaming the face of the earth>
<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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