I. noun Etymology: Middle English tropik, from Latin tropicus of the solstice, from Greek tropikos, from tropē turn Date: 1527 1. either of the two parallels of terrestrial latitude at a distance of about 23 1/2 degrees north or south of the equator where the sun is directly overhead when it reaches its most northerly or southerly point in the sky — compare Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn 2. plural, often capitalized the region lying between the tropics II. adjective Date: 1551 of, relating to, or occurring in the tropics III. adjective Etymology: trop- Date: 1903 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of tropism or of a tropism 2. of a hormone influencing the activity of a specified gland

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