sub·​trop·​i·​cal | \ ˌsəb-ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce subtropical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly subtropic \ ˌsəb-​ˈträ-​pik How to pronounce subtropical (audio) \

Definition of subtropical

: of, relating to, or being the regions bordering on the tropical zone subtropical environment subtropical grasses

Examples of subtropical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2005 number includes an unnamed subtropical storm forecasters identified after the season. Carlie Wells,, "Hurricane forecasters tracking 3 disturbances, including Tropical Storm Eta in Gulf," 9 Nov. 2020 Feltgen, told the Tampa Bay Times that meteorological instruments have advanced and the NHC has updated its policies to identify more of storms, which are often brief, hybrid subtropical systems. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Earlier hurricane season? Not this year, says World Meteorological Organization," 15 Mar. 2021 There is a debate about which is the most cold hardy subtropical blooming plant. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "It's time to cut down your freeze-damaged plumbago and Pride of Barbados and hope, San Antonio," 12 Mar. 2021 Fertilize all stone fruits, apples, pears, citrus, avocado and other subtropical fruit trees. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here’s what to plant now in your March garden," 6 Mar. 2021 The climate in the Florida Keys is subtropical, and the proximity to the Gulf Stream and Gulf of Mexico means that the average summer and winter temperatures rarely differ more than 10 degrees. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, "Florida Keys Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 Also, the National Hurricane Center didn’t begin naming subtropical storms until 2002. Tribune News Service, al, "Hurricane season could start in May this year because storms keep jumping the gun," 28 Feb. 2021 The climatic conditions were subtropical 20 million years ago when the tree was destroyed by the volcanic eruptions. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Petrified tree up to 20 million years old found intact in Lesbos," 25 Feb. 2021 Japanese macaques have adapted to nearly every natural habitat in the country, from the snowy mountains of Jigokudani to the subtropical forests on Kyushu. Maciek Pożoga, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Japan’s Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culture," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of subtropical

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Subtropical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subtropical

: relating to or living in an area that is close to tropical parts of the world

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