Tropic of Capricorn


The parallel of latitude approximately 23°27′ south. It forms the boundary between the Torrid and South Temperate zones.

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Cultural definitions for Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Capricorn

Imaginary line that circles the Earth about one-quarter of the way from the equator to the South Pole. The sun is directly overhead at the December solstice.

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