Tropic of Capricorn

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Tropic of Capricorn

The parallel of latitude 23°26′ south of the equator, the southern boundary of the Torrid Zone, and the most southerly latitude at which the sun can shine directly overhead.


(ˈtrɒp ɪk)

a. either of two corresponding parallels of latitude on the terrestrial globe, one (tropic of Cancer) about 23½° N, and the other (tropic of Capricorn) about 23½° S of the equator, being the boundaries of the Torrid Zone.
b. the tropics, the regions lying between and near these parallels of latitude; the Torrid Zone and neighboring regions.
2. either of two circles on the celestial sphere, one lying in the same plane as the tropic of Cancer, the other in the same plane as the tropic of Capricorn.
3. of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tropicus < Greek tropikós pertaining to a turn =tróp(os) turn + -ikos -ic]


a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” a specified organ (thyrotropic). Compare –trophic

Tropic of Capricorn

The parallel of latitude 23°27′ south of the equator. It forms the boundary between the Torrid Zone and the South Temperate Zone.
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Noun1.tropic of Capricorn - a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equatorTropic of Capricorn - a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equator
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We had crossed the tropic of Capricorn, and the Straits of Magellan opened less than seven hundred miles to the south.
Andrew Smith, who, at the head of his adventurous party, has lately succeeded in passing the Tropic of Capricorn, informs me that, taking into consideration the whole of the southern part of Africa, there can be no doubt of its being a sterile country.
The solstice itself is the moment the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.
He produced and presented to the Academy an engraved star map of the heavens south of the Tropic of Capricorn, plotting naked-eye stars and his 14 odd new constellations (page 34).
Part of Australia; a The flag is on land in the East straddling misplaced island; or non- the Tropic of Capricorn, which appears to existent imaginary land.
On this day, the sun's rays directly hit the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
TRAVEL should be an adventure, a departure from the norm - and nobody knows that better than BBC presenter Simon Reeve, the star of great shows such as Equator, Tropic Of Cancer, Tropic Of Capricorn and Indian Ocean.
Not only does she live right inside the old Tropic of Capricorn Circle, but the image also reflects a particular shape: it looks very much like a huge lopsided triangle, and special in the star composition.
Reeve, who has made BBC travel documentaries on the Equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Indian Ocean, will be talking about his latest series 'Australia', a 3 x 1hr BBC2 TV adventure series which starts on 19 May 2013.
At this point the sun is blazing over the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere, directly over Rockhampton, to the north of Brisbane in Australia, southern Madagascar and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
While clearly evoking the strong emotions that run through Miller's oeuvre, such passages also reveal a type of utopian longing for the past that is different from the nostalgia used in earlier works such as Tropic of Capricorn.