from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters: pelagic birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Living in the open sea rather than in coastal or inland waters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the ocean; -- applied especially to animals that live at the surface of the ocean, away from the coast. Compare
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Marine; oceanic; of or inhabiting the deep or open sea: said of those aquatic plants and animals which inhabit the high seas. Also Pelagian.
- Specifically, in marine biol.: Living at the surface of the high sea at a distance from land.
- Living at the surface of the sea. See the extract.
- Living at the surface of the water, either salt or fresh.
- Floating or swimming in the water, either at the surface or at any depth below it.
- In geology and geography, of or pertaining to the deep ocean; far from land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean
Latin pelagicus, from Greek pelagikos, from pelagos, sea; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pelagicus (and possibly pelagus); from Ancient Greek πελαγικός (pelagikós), from πέλαγος (pélagos, "sea"). (Wiktionary)