tropical cyclone


noun

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.

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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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