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

Examples of temperate zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But shorelines around the world—especially in developed, temperate zones—are now severely wood impoverished compared to their condition before human settlement. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018

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1551, in the meaning defined above

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“Temperate zone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate%20zone. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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