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1The parallel of latitude 23°26ʹ north (tropic of Cancer) or south (tropic of Capricorn) of the equator.
- ‘The vineyard area extends from the tropic of Capricorn in the north to the 40th parallel in the south.’
- ‘These are birds of the Antarctic and never fly North of the tropic of Capricorn.’
- ‘North of the tropic of Capricorn, the sun will be in the southern sky during summer.’
- ‘The trade has had a big impact on the meat industry, especially in the top end where only two abattoirs remain open north of the tropic of Capricorn.’
- ‘The Ellsworth Base lay above the Antarctic sea along what once was the tropic of Capricorn.’
- 1.1Astronomy Each of two corresponding circles on the celestial sphere where the sun appears to turn after reaching its greatest declination, marking the northern and southern limits of the ecliptic.
- ‘Then he briefly describes the four principal circles of the celestial sphere: equator, zodiac, and the two tropic circles.’
- ‘A tropic point is the sun's position on the celestial sphere at the time of a solstice.’
- ‘Accounts of the celestial sphere typically refer to other circles on its surface, including the arctic and Antarctic circles, the zodiac, tropics, and the solstitial and equinoctial colures.’
- 1.2the tropics The region between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
- ‘The proportions may be different in the polar regions and the tropics.’
- ‘It is extensively cultivated in marginal rainfall areas of the tropics and subtropics, and selected varieties are widely grown in temperate climates.’
- ‘Since we all stand to lose if the rich biological capital of the tropics is eroded, this is our problem too.’
- ‘The worm commonly known as dog heart worm, is widely dispersed and found in the tropics, subtropics and temperate zones.’
- ‘The retreat of some taxa to the tropics and subtropics is partly explained by climatic cooling beginning in the Oligocene.’
- ‘Generally, breeding seasons tend to be longer in the tropics than in the temperate zone.’
- ‘Each subtropical gyre is created by mountainous flows of air moving from the tropics toward the polar regions.’
- ‘It is mainly cultivated for its dry seeds and green vegetable in dry areas of the tropics and subtropics.’
- ‘Even if you don't live in the tropics, you can enjoy exotic tropicals in your garden.’
- ‘Sometimes you will find the best kayaking tours in the tropics or the ocean.’
- ‘Typhoid fever continues to be a global health problem, especially in the tropics and subtropics.’
- ‘In the tropics, you can still find other, less desirable banana varieties, mainly grown as a starchy food staple rather than a sweet treat.’
- ‘Even in the tropics the water is rarely at body temperature so you will eventually lose heat.’
- ‘Transfusion-induced malaria continues its resurgence throughout much of the tropics and subtropics.’
- ‘Common in the tropics, many species of bamboo grow in temperate climates as well.’
- ‘As a result, shells are comparatively thick and ornate in the tropics, and thin and plain at temperate and polar latitudes.’
- ‘This sets up a system of interconnected deep and shallow currents that transport heat from the tropics to higher latitudes.’
- ‘Between 1970 and 2004 the average sea surface temperature in the tropics rose nearly 1 degree.’
- ‘The group is normally confined to the tropics but some species are found in the temperate latitudes of the southern hemisphere.’
- ‘The Indica group is found in lowland paddies of the tropics.’
Late Middle English (denoting the point on the ecliptic reached by the sun at the solstice): via Latin from Greek tropikos, from tropē ‘turning’, from trepein ‘to turn’.
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