tropic

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1trop·ic

noun \ˈträ-pik\

: either one of the two imaginary lines that circle the Earth to the north and south of the equator

the tropics : the part of the world that is near the equator where the weather is very warm

Full Definition of TROPIC

1
:  either of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude at a distance of about 2312 degrees north or south of the equator where the sun is directly overhead when it reaches its most northerly or southerly point in the sky — compare tropic of cancer, tropic of capricorn
2
plural often capitalized :  the region lying between the tropics

Examples of TROPIC

  1. a vacation in the tropics

Origin of TROPIC

Middle English tropik, from Latin tropicus of the solstice, from Greek tropikos, from tropē turn
First Known Use: 1527

Rhymes with TROPIC

2tropic

adjective

Definition of TROPIC

:  of, relating to, or occurring in the tropics

First Known Use of TROPIC

1551

3tro·pic

adjective \ˈtrō-pik\

Definition of TROPIC

1
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of tropism or of a tropism
2
of a hormone :  influencing the activity of a specified gland

Origin of TROPIC

trop-
First Known Use: 1903

tro·pic

adjective \ˈtrō-pik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TROPIC

1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of tropism or of a tropism
2
of a hormone : influencing the activity of a specified gland

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