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 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 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 At the border of Arizona and New Mexico, the Peloncillo Mountains rise up out of desert grasslands to form a bridge between the neotropical Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico and the temperate north of the Colorado Plateau. Erin Stone, azcentral, "As wall construction continues, conservation groups fear the fate of San Pedro River," 13 May 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 3 Mar. 2021.

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