temperate zone


often capitalized T&Z
: the area or region between the Tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle or between the Tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle

Examples of temperate zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These chunky little creatures are found pretty much everywhere—the islands of Southeast Asia, deserts of Australia, and temperate zones of North America. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 15 June 2023 Growing in every temperate zone, some sort of dandelion will always be nearby, Odd said, and every part of the plant is edible. Olivia Alexander, Chicago Tribune, 4 June 2023 The Antarctic Peninsula is longer than Italy and curls north toward the temperate zone. Craig Welch, National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 Colorful, falling leaves may be the most iconic thing about fall within the temperate zone that experiences all four seasons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2022 That’s because storms in the midlatitudes – a temperate zone north of the tropics that includes the entire continental U.S. – draw their energy from large temperature contrasts. Esther Mullens, The Conversation, 27 Jan. 2022 Most temperate zone birds begin their migrations because of the change in the length of daylight. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020 Both worlds orbit a bit too close to their sun for water to likely exist on their surfaces, but the team also noticed a tentative sign—a single jiggle—of a potential planet making a 50-day orbit in the star’s temperate zone. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 26 June 2020 In the temperate zones of the world, other respiratory pathogens, and even other coronaviruses, lose their power as temperatures and humidity rise. Maryn McKenna, Wired, 4 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of temperate zone was in 1551

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“Temperate zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate%20zone. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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temperate zone

often capitalized T&Z
: the area or region between the Tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle or the Tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle compare frigid zone, torrid zone

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