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  • n. One who lives either north or south of the Tropics, as contrasted with one who lives on the other side of them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who lives either north or south of the tropics, as contrasted with one who lives on the other side of them; -- so called because at noon the shadows always fall in opposite directions (the one northward, the other southward).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person living on one side of the equator, as contrasted with one living on the other side: so called from the fact that, except in the tropics, their shadows at noon always fall in opposite directions, the shadow in the northern zones toward the north, and that in the southern toward the south.
  • Of or pertaining to portions of the earth's surface on opposite sides of the equator, in which shadows fall in opposite directions, or to one such portion as contrasted with another.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek other + shadow: compare French hétéroscien. So called because at noon the shadows always fall in opposite directions (the one northward, the other southward). (Wiktionary)

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