tro·pic /ˈtropɪk/ 形容詞
1. Astron. One of the two small circles of the celestial sphere, situated on each side of the equator, at a distance of 23° 28´, and parallel to it, which the sun just reaches at its greatest declination north or south, and from which it turns again toward the equator, the northern circle being called the Tropic of Cancer, and the southern the Tropic of Capricorn, from the names of the two signs at which they touch the ecliptic.
2. Geog. (a) One of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude corresponding to the celestial tropics, and called by the same names. (b) pl. The region lying between these parallels of latitude, or near them on either side.
The brilliant flowers of the tropics bloom from the windows of the greenhouse and the saloon. --Bancroft.
Trop·ic a. Chem. Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from atropine and certain other alkaloids, as a white crystalline substance slightly soluble in water.
Trop·ic, a. Of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.
Tropic bird Zool., any one of three species of oceanic belonging to the genus Phaethon, found chiefly in tropical seas. They are mostly white, and have two central tail feathers very long and slender. The yellow-billed tropic bird. Phaethon flavirostris (called also boatswain), is found on the Atlantic coast of America, and is common at the Bermudas, where it breeds.
adj 1: relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics
(the region on either side of the equator); "tropical
islands"; "tropical fruit" [syn: tropical]
2: of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics;
"tropical weather" [syn: tropical]
n : either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees north
and south of the equator representing the points farthest
north and south at which the sun can shine directly
overhead and constituting the boundaries of the torrid
zone or tropics