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thalassic

[thuh-las-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to seas and oceans.
  2. of or relating to smaller bodies of water, as seas and gulfs, as distinguished from large oceanic bodies.
  3. growing, living, or found in the sea; marine.
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Origin of thalassic

1855–60; < Greek thálass(a) sea + -ic
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Examples from the Web for thalassic

Historical Examples

  • They make nitroglycerine, like all the thalassic peoples; they also make TNT and catastrophite, and propellants.

    Uller Uprising

    Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr

  • The thalassic peoples here in the Equatorial Zone are fairly good empirical, teaspoon-measure, chemists.

    Uller Uprising

    Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr

  • It progresses most rapidly where the knowledge of outlying or remote lands travels fastest, as along rivers and thalassic coasts.

  • Thalassic, tha-las′ik, adj. pertaining to the smaller seas—opp.

  • They make nitroglycerine, like all the thalassic peoples; they also make TNT and propellants.

    Ullr Uprising

    Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for thalassic

thalassic

adjective
  1. of or relating to the sea
  2. of or relating to small or inland seas, as opposed to open waters
  3. inhabiting or growing in the sea; marinethalassic fauna
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Word Origin

C19: from French thalassique, from Greek thalassa sea
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thalassic in Science

thalassic

[thə-lăsĭk]
  1. Relating to seas or oceans, especially smaller or inland seas.
  2. Relating to rocks formed from sediment that has been deposited on the ocean floor.
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