- of or relating to the Pelasgians.
- a member of a prehistoric people inhabiting Greece, Asia Minor, and the islands of the eastern Mediterranean.
Origin of Pelasgian
Examples from the Web for pelasgian
The Minyae were expelled by a Pelasgian tribe who came from Attica.
What the Pelasgian and old Etruscan tongues were is uncertain.Man and His Migrations
R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
Why has Arcadia a muse of her own, but because the Pelasgian poetry is not the Hellic?
I conclude, therefore, from Homer, that the Thesprotians were Pelasgian.
All this is favourable to the tradition which gives it a Pelasgian character.
- a member of any of the pre-Hellenic peoples (the Pelasgi) who inhabited Greece and the islands and coasts of the Aegean Sea before the arrival of the Bronze Age Greeks
- of or relating to these peoples
Word Origin and History for pelasgian
late 15c., "of the Pelasgi," from Latin Pelasgius, from Greek Pelasgios "of the Pelasgi," from Pelasgoi "the Pelasgi," name of a prehistoric people of Greece and Asia Minor who occupied Greece before the Hellenes, probably originally *Pelag-skoi, literally "Sea-people" (see pelagic).