tropical cyclone


a cyclone that originates over a tropical ocean area and can develop into the destructive storm known in the U.S. as a hurricane, in the western Pacific region as a typhoon, and elsewhere by other names.Compare extratropical cyclone, hurricane(def 1), willy-willy.

Origin of tropical cyclone

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for tropical cyclone

cyclone, hurricane, tempest, typhoon

tropical cyclone in Science

tropical cyclone


See under cyclone.
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