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

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Recent Examples on the Web Due to its year-round subtropical and mild climate, Batumi can be visited in any season. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Bananas and other subtropical fruits are the thirstiest fruiting plants. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 The National Weather Service says a plume of subtropical moisture has hitched a ride with a shortwave moving south from the Gulf of Alaska and will provide much of western Oregon with rain, sometimes heavy throughout the day. oregonlive, 5 May 2022 The root that’s still used to make licorice extract today comes from a flowering shrub that thrives in the rich soils and subtropical climates found primarily in European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian countries. Rebecca Douglas, Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Such extreme rainfall events have been linked to climate change in the past, as warming waters and atmosphere are increasing the rainfall output of tropical and subtropical cyclones in many parts of the globe. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Mangroves, found only in tropical and subtropical climates, are distinctive for their ability to survive in brackish water. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Expect lush, colorful displays of mostly tropical and subtropical orchids gracing the exhibition space, which will be filled with the fragrance of exotic beauties, with blooms ranging from tiny to plate-size and lasting from a few days to months. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 The National Weather Service says mild subtropical air has already made its way into the metro area. oregonlive, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subtropical

1829, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Subtropical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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