adjective trop·i·cal \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

TROPICALLY Defined for Kids


adjective trop·i·cal \ˈträ-pi-kəl\

Definition of TROPICAL for Kids

:  of or occurring in the tropics <tropical fruit> <a tropical island>


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