temperate zone

noun, often capitalized T&Z

Definition of temperate zone

: the area or region between the Tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle or between the Tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle

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Recent Examples on the Web Most temperate zone birds begin their migrations because of the change in the length of daylight. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Birds might migrate at different times, but survival is common thread," 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, "Astronomers find a pair of ‘super Earths’ in a nearby star system," 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, "How Might the Change of Seasons Affect Covid-19?," 4 May 2020 Much of the region isn’t tropical, but most of the temperate zones in the Northern Hemisphere have mild winters, and in many places spring is already arriving. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Economic Flu Stalks Latin America," 15 Mar. 2020 Those temperate zones also host more earthworms overall, according to the model, with up to 150 per square meter versus just five per square meter in the tropics. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "First global map of earthworms reveals which places are chock-full of them—and why," 24 Oct. 2019 The infection is now known to occur worldwide, primarily in the northern temperate zones. Allen Steere, BostonGlobe.com, "Lyme disease: How we discovered it and where we go from here," 22 Aug. 2019 In the temperate zones, weather systems generally move from west to east. Randall Munroe, New York Times, "What Makes a Red Sky at Night (and at Morning)," 13 Aug. 2019 Not only do conditions vary from the tropics to the temperate zones, but average temperatures keep creeping upward as the planet warms under heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of temperate zone

1551, in the meaning defined above

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“Temperate zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate%20zone. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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