The definition of a tropic is an area located from 23.5 degrees on the north of the equator down to 23.5 degrees on the south of the equator.(noun)
An example of a tropic is the Tropic of Capricorn, the area from the equator to 23.5 degree south of the equator.
See tropic in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME tropik < LL tropicus < Gr tropikos, belonging to a turn (of the sun at the solstices) < tropē: see trope
Origin: < Gr -tropos, turning (< trepein: see trope) + -ic
See tropic in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English tropik
Origin: , from Old French tropique
Origin: , from Late Latin tropicus
Origin: , from Latin, of a turn
Origin: , from Greek tropikos
Origin: , from tropē, a turning; see trep- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: From Greek tropē, a turning; see tropic.
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