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pelagic

Syllabification: pe·lag·ic
Pronunciation: /pəˈlajik
 
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Definition of pelagic in English:

adjective

technical
1Of or relating to the open sea: the kittiwakes return from their pelagic winter wanderings
More example sentences
  • Most deep-sea trenches in the Pacific are floored by normal basaltic oceanic crust overlain by pelagic sediments and ash.
  • The pelagic environment is further divided based on water depth.
  • Aquatic ecologists have many models for size distributions of pelagic communities.
1.1(Chiefly of fish) inhabiting the upper layers of the open sea. Often contrasted with demersal.
Example sentences
  • Adult beluga sturgeon are mainly piscivores, swimming at middle depths and preying mostly on pelagic fish species.
  • Among coastal river otters in this region, sociality could be explained by the benefits obtained from cooperative foraging on high-quality schooling pelagic fishes.
  • Under such conditions, we predict that more social otters would have diets higher in better quality pelagic fishes, compared with otters that exhibit low levels of sociality.

Origin

mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek pelagikos, from pelagios 'of the sea' (from pelagos 'level surface of the sea').

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