semi·​trop·​i·​cal | \ ˌse-mē-ˈträ-pi-kəl, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\
variants: or less commonly semitropic \ ˌse-​mē-​ˈträ-​pik , ˌse-​ˌmī-​, -​mi-​ \

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Many favorite garden flowers, such as impatiens and begonias, ornamental plants, such as elephant ears, and vegetables, such as peppers, beans, and tomatoes, come from tropical or semitropical places. Beth Botts,, "'Don’t be in a rush to plant everything': Chicago's volatile spring tricky for gardeners," 9 May 2018 The man was my husband and the semitropical air was weighted with expectation. Freda Moon, New York Times, "We Wanted a Carefree Family Trip. So We Invited a Second Family.," 6 Sep. 2017 In last week’s storms, a low-pressure system from the west generated a mass of air that stayed moist and semitropical, setting off thunderstorms that moved across the southeastern and central parts of the state, Mr. Van Speybroeck said. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "And more rain is to come.," 30 May 2016

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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