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pe·lag·ic / pəˈlajik/ • adj. technical of or relating to the open sea: the kittiwakes return from their pelagic winter wanderings. ∎  (chiefly of fish) inhabiting the upper layers of the open sea.Often contrasted with demersal.

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pelagic
1. In marine ecology, applied to the organisms that inhabit open water, i.e. plankton, nekton, and neuston (although neuston are fairly unimportant in such environments).

2. In ornithology, applied to sea-birds that come to land only to breed, and that spend the major part of their lives far out to sea.

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pelagic
1. In marine ecology, applied to the organisms that inhabit open water, i.e. plankton, nekton, and neuston (although neuston are fairly unimportant in such environments).

2. In ornithology, applied to sea-birds that come to land only to breed, and spend the major part of their lives far out to sea.

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pelagic Describing organisms that swim or drift in a sea or a lake, as distinct from those that live on the bottom (see benthos). Pelagic organisms are divided into plankton and nekton.

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pelagic In marine ecology, applied to the organisms that inhabit open water, i.e. plankton, nekton, and neuston (although neuston are fairly unimportant in such environments).

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pelagic pert. to the open sea, oceanic. XVII. — L. pelagicus, f. pelagus sea — Gr. pélagos; see -IC.