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EtymologyEdit

From Latin pelagicus (and possibly pelagus); from Ancient Greek πελαγικός (pelagikós), from πέλαγος (pélagos, sea).

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pelagic (comparative more pelagic, superlative most pelagic)

  1. (biology) Living in the open sea rather than in coastal or inland waters.
    • 1983, Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, →ISBN, page 13:
      Besides, seeing a shark in an aquarium tank is not the same as seeing a shark in the wild, in its natural, pelagic habitat.
  2. Of or pertaining to oceans.

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pelagic (plural pelagics)

  1. (biology) Any organism that lives in the open sea rather than in coastal or inland waters.

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