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thalassic

[thuh-las-ik] /θəˈlæs ɪk/
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.
Origin of thalassic
1855-1860
1855-60; < Greek thálass(a) sea + -ic
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  • 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
  • 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
  • It progresses most rapidly where the knowledge of outlying or remote lands travels fastest, as along rivers and thalassic coasts.

    Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple
  • 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

/θəˈlæsɪk/
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; marine: thalassic fauna
Word Origin
C19: from French thalassique, from Greek thalassa sea
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thalassic in Science
thalassic
  (thə-lās'ĭk)   
  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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