semi·​trop·​i·​cal ˌse-mē-ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce semitropical (audio)
variants or less commonly semitropic
ˌse-mē-ˈträ-pik How to pronounce semitropical (audio)

Examples of semitropical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the very climates that made these semitropical playgrounds the American dream of the 20th century threaten to break their reputations in the 21st century. Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 Seasonal flooding hits large parts of China every summer, particularly in the semitropical south, while some northern regions this year have reported the worst floods in 50 years. Liz Lee, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2023 At stray moments, winds gusted a bit and a hazy sense of the semitropical seemed pervasive. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 17 June 2023 The semitropical climate suited them, and, absent natural predators, the population boomed. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2023 The married flavors feel semitropical, but at the same time very Californian. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2023 The kinds of plants that can be killed outright by early spring cold are those that are not hardy in Chicago’s climate — for example, semitropical plants such as tomatoes and peppers. Beth Botts,, 20 Mar. 2022 Golden Gate is an early example of a Florida type: the land venture that lures outsiders into the state’s rural interior with intimations of semitropical paradise. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 July 2021 Lush nature surrounded us again at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, 15 acres of semitropical parkland on the banks of Lake Peigneur, half an hour south of Lafayette. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semitropical was in 1845

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“Semitropical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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semi·​trop·​i·​cal ˌsem-i-ˈträp-i-kəl How to pronounce semitropical (audio)
variants also semitropic

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