: of, relating to, being, or native to the marine biogeographic realm that includes all seas within the isocryme of 68° F and is characterized by the presence of reef-building corals

Word History


New Latin Tropicalia, marine realm including all tropical coral-reef seas (from Latin tropicus + Greek hals sea + New Latin -ia) + English -an

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tropicalian was in 1877

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“Tropicalian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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