Tropic of Cancer

noun phrase

Definition of Tropic of Cancer

: the parallel of latitude that is approximately 23¹/₂ degrees north of the equator and that is the northernmost latitude reached by the overhead sun

First Known Use of Tropic of Cancer

1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tropic of Cancer

from the sign of the zodiac which its celestial projection intersects

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The first known use of Tropic of Cancer was in 1623

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“Tropic of Cancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tropic%20of%20Cancer. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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