Origin of pelagic
Examples from the Web for pelagic
Historical Examples of pelagic
The fishes of this family are all pelagic, and most of them are highly valued for food.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
In their morphological characters they gradually approach the pelagic forms upwards and the abyssal downwards.
These birds are the most pelagic of all, and only visit the land to breed.Among the Birds in Northern Shires
This species differs from the Pelagic chiefly in having the forehead bare.The Bird Book
Chester A. Reed
As they are pelagic, the shells are not readily to be obtained.Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils
Word Origin for pelagic
"pertaining to the sea," 1650s, from Latin pelagicus, from Greek pelagikos, from pelagos "sea, high sea, open sea, main," from PIE *pelag- "to spread out" (cf. Greek plagos "side," Latin plaga "hunting net, curtain, region"), possibly from root *plak- (1) "to spread out, be flat" (see placenta).