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Definitions for pelagic
pəˈlædʒ ɪkpelag·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oceanic, pelagicadjective

    relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean

    "oceanic islands like Bermuda"; "oceanic currents"; "oceanic birds"; "pelagic organisms"; "pelagic whaling"


  1. pelagicadjective

    Living in the open sea rather than in coastal or inland waters.

  2. Etymology: From pelagicus (and possibly pelagus); from πελαγικός, from πέλαγος.


  1. pelagic

    Pelagic refers to the open sea or ocean that is not near the coast or ocean floor. It pertains to both the water column and the organisms that inhabit this zone, which can vary from microscopic organisms such as plankton, to large animals such as whales and sharks. The term is commonly used in oceanography, marine biology, and other marine sciences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pelagicadjective

    of or pertaining to the ocean; -- applied especially to animals that live at the surface of the ocean, away from the coast

  2. Etymology: [L. pelagicus.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pelagic

    pē-laj′ik, adj. inhabiting the deep sea, marine, oceanic. [Gr. pelagos, the sea.]


  1. Pelagic

    inhabiting the sea, far from land.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pelagic in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pelagic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of pelagic in a Sentence

  1. Cala Gonone:

    The mother lives in the large pelagic tub with another female specimen. If confirmed by DNA analysis, it would be the world's first documented parthenogenesis documented by Mustelus Mustelus. Ispera, the name chosen for the little one, in Sardinian means hope and a birth in the [COVID-19] era it certainly is.

  2. James Sulikowski:

    Makos are a very hot topic and high priority species now, because the population is on the decline. There ... is a petition to see if makos should be listed as a threatened or endangered species in U.S. waters, our work is helping understand and mitigate interactions with pelagic longline fishing gear.

  3. Courtesy Linsey Haram/Smithsonian Institution Haram:

    Quite a large percentage of the diversity that we found were coastal species and not the the native pelagic open ocean species that we were largely expecting to find.

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