Pelagic meaning

pə-lăjĭk
Of the ocean waters; esp., of the oceanic zone, as distinguished from the benthic regions of the ocean.
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Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters.

Pelagic birds.

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Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters.

Pelagic birds.

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Relating to or living in or on oceanic waters. The pelagic zone of the ocean begins at the low tide mark and includes the entire oceanic water column. The pelagic ecosystem is largely dependent on the phytoplankton inhabiting the upper, sunlit regions, where most ocean organisms live. Biodiversity decreases sharply in the unlit zones where water pressure is high, temperatures are cold, and food sources scarce. Pelagic waters are divided, in descending order, into the epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic zones .
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(biology) Living in the open sea rather than in coastal or inland waters.
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Origin of pelagic

  • Latin pelagicus from Greek pelagikos from pelagos sea plāk-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pelagicus (possibly pelagus); from Ancient Greek πελαγικός (pelagikós), from πέλαγος (pélagos, “sea").

    From Wiktionary