A member of a people living in the region of the Aegean Sea before the coming of the Greeks.
Any of a prehistoric people mentioned by ancient Greek authors and believed to have lived in, variously, Greece, Asia Minor, and the Aegean Islands.
Of the Pelasgians.
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Origin of pelasgian
Middle English from Latin Pelasgusfrom Greek Pelasgos
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Pelasgian Sentence Examples
The Illyrians were also "Pelasgian," but in a wider sense.
The name Larissa was common to many "Pelasgian" towns, and apparently signified a fortified city or burg, such as the citadel of Argos.
The Minyae were expelled by a Pelasgian tribe who came from Attica.
Alcaeus (7th-6th centuries B.C.) calls Antandrus in the Troad Lelegian, but Herodotus (5th century) substitutes Pelasgian (q.v.).
According to Weizsacker, he was an old Pelasgian or pre-Hellenic god, to whom human sacrifice was offered, bearing a non-Hellenic name similar to XLKo, whence the story originated of his metamorphosis into a wolf.