Pelasgian late 15c., "of the Pelasgi," from L. Pelasgius, from Gk. 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, lit. "Sea-people" (see PELAGIC (Cf. pelagic)).

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  • Pelasgian — Pe*las gi*an, Pelasgic Pe*las gic, a. [L. Pelasgus, Gr. ? a Pelasgian.] 1. Of or pertaining to the Pelasgians, an ancient people of Greece, of roving habits. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Wandering. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pelasgian — PELASGIÁN, Ă adj. pelasgic. (< fr. pélasgien) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Pelasgian — [pə laz′jikpə laz′jē ən] n. any of a prehistoric people mentioned by ancient Greek authors and believed to have lived in, variously, Greece, Asia Minor, and the Aegean Islands adj. of the Pelasgians: also Pelasgic [pə laz′jik] …   English World dictionary

  • pelasgian — I. jēən, gē noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Greek pelasgios, adjective, Pelasgian (from Pelasgoi) + English an, n. suffix 1. : one of an ancient people or group of peoples mentioned by classical writers as earlier inhabitan …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pelasgian — noun Etymology: Greek pelasgios, adjective, Pelasgian, from Pelasgoi Pelasgians Date: 15th century a member of an ancient people mentioned by classical writers as early inhabitants of Greece and the eastern islands of the Mediterranean •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pelasgian — /peuh laz jee euhn, jeuhn, gee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the Pelasgians. n. 2. a member of a prehistoric people inhabiting Greece, Asia Minor, and the islands of the eastern Mediterranean. [1480 90; Gk Pelásgi(os) Pelasgian (Pelasg(oí)… …   Universalium

  • Pelasgian — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to the Pelasgians. 2. noun Inhabitant of pre Hellenic Greece, a Pelasgian …   Wiktionary

  • Pelasgian — Pe•las•gi•an [[t]pəˈlæz dʒi ən, dʒən, gi ən[/t]] n. peo a member of a people inhabiting parts of the S Balkan Peninsula, Aegean islands, and the coast of Asia Minor prior to the Hellenic invasions of the 2nd millennium b.c. • Etymology: 1480–90;… …   From formal English to slang

  • Pelasgian — n. member of the ancient people that inhabited Greece and the Aegean Islands …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pelasgian — [pɪ lazgɪən] noun a member of an ancient people inhabiting the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean before the arrival of Greek speaking peoples. adjective relating to the Pelasgians. Origin C15: via L. from Gk Pelasgos + ian …   English new terms dictionary

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