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tropical cyclone

[ trop-i-kuhl sahy-klohn ]
/ ˈtrɒp ɪ kəl ˈsaɪ kloʊn /
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noun Meteorology.

a warm-core cyclone that originates over a tropical ocean area, generally beginning as a tropical depression and having the potential to intensify and develop into a hurricane or typhoon, classifications that depend on where the storm is occurring.

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Origin of tropical cyclone

First recorded in 1915–20
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Scientific definitions for tropical cyclone

tropical cyclone
[ trŏpĭ-kəl ]

See under cyclone.
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