adjective \for 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl, for 2 ˈtrō- also ˈträ-\

: of, relating to, occurring in, or used in the tropics

Full Definition of TROPICAL

a :  of, relating to, occurring in, or suitable for use in the tropics <tropical forests> <a tropical disease>
b :  of, being, or characteristic of a region or climate that is frost-free with temperatures high enough to support year-round plant growth given sufficient moisture <tropical Florida>
[Latin tropicus, from Greek tropikos, from tropos trope] :  figurative 2
trop·i·cal·ly \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of TROPICAL

  1. <wanted to escape winter and visit some tropical location where freezing to death would not be a possibility>
  2. <an author given to high-flown tropical phrasings and convoluted symbology>

First Known Use of TROPICAL


Related to TROPICAL

equatorial, low

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with TROPICAL


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