American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters: pelagic birds.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the ocean; -- applied especially to animals that live at the surface of the ocean, away from the coast. Compare
- adj. relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean
- From Latin pelagicus (and possibly pelagus); from Ancient Greek πελαγικός (pelagikós), from πέλαγος (pélagos, "sea"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin pelagicus, from Greek pelagikos, from pelagos, sea; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Marine biodiversity has been particularly threatened by the uncontrolled illegal fishing by large ships owned by mainland or Asiatic fishing companies in pelagic zones, often inside the Marine Reserve, using high technology methods such as long-lining.”
“Fail to use an approved "pelagic" system for weighing herring, mackerel and horse mackerel.”
“Whale sharks are pelagic, meaning they roam the open sea, and can only be seen along the coast during seasonal feeding aggregations.”
“Every kind of pelagic gamefish cruises in this warm, blue flow.”
“We did a good deal of "pelagic" sealing; that is, catching seals swimming.”
“A "pelagic", or open-ocean, shark - so attacks in coastal waters are exceedingly rare”
“The total number of false killer whales in Hawaiian waters, including both the insular population and a "pelagic" population that also interacts with longlines, is estimated at only about 600.”
“And in South America, the concern is that climate change will alter coastal upwellings, which sustain huge catches of anchovies, sardines and other varieties of small "pelagic" fish.”
“In northern South America, the concern is that climate change will alter coastal upwellings, which sustain huge catches of anchovies, sardines and other varieties of small, "pelagic" fish.”
“Guillemots are pelagic, meaning they spend most of their lives at sea, coming ashore only to breed, yet they rarely venture far from shore.”
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