Pelasgian

[puh-laz-jee-uh n, -juh n, -gee-uh n]
noun
  1. a member of a prehistoric people inhabiting Greece, Asia Minor, and the islands of the eastern Mediterranean.

Origin of Pelasgian

1480–90;Greek Pelásgi(os) Pelasgian (Pelasg(oí) Pelasgi + -ios adj. suffix) + -an
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Pelasgian

noun
  1. 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
adjective Also: Pelasgic
  1. of or relating to these peoples
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Word Origin and History for pelasgian

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).

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