Origin of pelagic
Examples from the Web for pelagic
No anterior tentacles, and no dorsal appendages; body laterally compressed, transparent; pelagic.
Both British and American sealers have been known to fly the Japanese flag when engaged in pelagic sealing in forbidden waters.Alaska|Ella Higginson
The decline of the herd is thus made synonymous with the rise of pelagic sealing.
I am aware that there are two or three other pelagic shells, but at the time of this narrative they were not known.The King's Own|Captain Frederick Marryat
If pelagic sealing were stopped to-day the herd would naturally begin to increase.
British Dictionary definitions for pelagic
Word Origin for pelagic
Word Origin and History 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).