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Main Entry: 1trop·ic
Pronunciation: primarystressträp-ik
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English tropik (noun) "either of the points at which the sun appears furthest from the equator," from Latin tropicus (adjective) "of a solstice or equinox," from Greek tropikos (same meaning), from tropemacron "turn"; so called because a tropic marks the turning point in the sun's apparent progression up the sky
1 : either of the two parallels of the earth's latitude that are approximately 23½ degrees north of the equator and approximately 23½ degrees south of the equator
2 plural, often capitalized : the region lying between the two tropics

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