tropic of Capricorn
Origin of tropic of Capricorn
Definition for tropic of capricorn (2 of 3)
- 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.
- the tropics, the regions lying between and near these parallels of latitude; the Torrid Zone and neighboring regions.
Origin of tropic
Definition for tropic of capricorn (3 of 3)
- the tenth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal earth sign.
- a person born under this sign, usually between December 22nd and January 19th.
British Dictionary definitions for tropic of capricorn (1 of 2)
- Also called: the Goat, Capricornus the tenth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♑, having a cardinal earth classification and ruled by the planet Saturn. The sun is in this sign between about Dec 22 and Jan 19
- a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign
Word Origin for Capricorn
British Dictionary definitions for tropic of capricorn (2 of 2)
Word Origin for tropic
Word Origin and History for tropic of capricorn (1 of 2)
late 14c., "either of the two circles in the celestial sphere which describe the northernmost and southernmost points of the ecliptic," from Late Latin tropicus "of or pertaining to the solstice" (as a noun, "one of the tropics"), from Latin tropicus "pertaining to a turn," from Greek tropikos "of or pertaining to a turn or change, or to the solstice" (as a noun, "the solstice"), from trope "a turning" (see trope).
The notion is of the point at which the sun "turns back" after reaching its northernmost or southernmost point in the sky. Extended 1520s to the corresponding latitudes on the earth's surface (23 degrees 28 minutes north and south); meaning "region between these parallels" is from 1837. Tropical "hot and lush like the climate of the tropics" is first attested 1834.