neotropical

adjective, often capitalized
neo·​trop·​i·​cal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce neotropical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly neotropic \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈträ-​pik How to pronounce neotropical (audio) \

Definition of neotropical

: of, relating to, or constituting the tropical New World biogeographic region that extends south, east, and west from the central plateau of Mexico

Examples of neotropical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those two questions, says Wilf, are what happened in the tropics at the time the dinosaurs went extinct, and when did modern neotropical rainforests first appear. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Spurred the Evolution of the Modern Rainforest," 1 Apr. 2021 The island's freshwater ponds, salt marshes, and maritime forest attract waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, neotropical migrants, white ibis, herons, and egrets. Sucheta Rawal, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Spot Wildlife in South Carolina," 26 Feb. 2021 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of neotropical

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neotropical

neo- + tropical

Note: Introduced, along with nearctic, ethiopian entry 2, and palearctic, by the British zoologist Philip Sclater (1829-1913) in "On the general Geographical Distribution of the Members of the Class Aves [read June 16th, 1857]," in Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Zoology, vol. 2 (1858), pp. 130-45.

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“Neotropical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neotropical. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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