from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a people living in the region of the Aegean Sea before the coming of the Greeks.
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- n. An inhabitant of pre-Hellenic Greece.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Pelasgians.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Pelasgians, an ancient people of Greece, of roving habits.
- adj. Wandering.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Pelasgic.
- n. One of the Pelasgi.
-- The term Pelasgian is applied to various structures of massive masonry found in different parts of Greece, Italy, and Asia Minor.
Deucalion; the different tribes, of which the Pelasgian was the most widely spread, gave their own names to different districts.
The occupation of the plot of ground lying below the citadel called the Pelasgian had been forbidden by a curse; and there was also an ominous fragment of a Pythian oracle which said:
The occupation of the plot of ground lying below the Acropolis called the Pelasgian had been forbidden by a curse; and there was also an ominous fragment of a Pythian oracle which said—
This Roma is described as a Pelasgian place in which
Among the Greeks it was, as Dionysius states, a general opinion that Rome was a Pelasgian, that is, a
'Pelasgian' substrate, an idea already suspected by Robert Beekes.
I certainly don't think that all Western IE roots are to be reassigned to the Aegean family, but I'm reasonably sure that in our ignorance of Minoan and related languages, Minoan history and "Pelasgian" substrate in Greek, there is definitely a noteworthy portion of words stemming from the eastern Mediterranean that are misassigned to PIE in overeagerness, thereby obscuring the linguistic past, exaggerating the importance of one group over many others.
According to Robert Graves in The Greek Myths there is a Pelasgian creation myth in which Eurynome creates the cosmos by dancing it into existence.
Very little is known about the Pelasgian peoples, who inhabited the peninsula before the arrival of the Greeks.