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

Definition of semitropical

Examples of semitropical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The graceful old track, now eighty-six, is smartly maintained, with striking semitropical gardens and life-size statues of Seabiscuit and Zenyatta. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 Judging by the wisdom of the internet, where that house once stood is now a pretty duplex fronted by a thicket of semitropical plants. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Kong Ting endured nine months of pregnancy in a 10th-floor walk-up apartment in Guangzhou, the semitropical hub of southeastern China. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2020 Add a breezeway that lives up its name and some extra fans and that combination of tents and turf has kept the outdoor space comfortable for summer evenings, a semitropical setting for charcuterie plates, salads and crisp white wines. Ian Mcnulty,, 10 Aug. 2020 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,, 9 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of semitropical

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Semitropical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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