sub·​trop·​i·​cal | \ ˌsəb-ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce subtropical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly subtropic \ ˌsəb-​ˈträ-​pik How to pronounce subtropic (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 Dengue is transmitted to humans by a type of mosquito called Aedes, which thrives in urban areas of the world’s tropical and subtropical regions. New York Times, "Climate Change and Political Chaos: A Deadly Mix in Honduras Dengue Epidemic," 29 Dec. 2019 Indigenous peoples manage at least a fifth of the carbon found in tropical and subtropical forests, according to the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition working for the rights of indigenous peoples. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "How old cell phones are spying on illegal loggers," 27 Nov. 2019 Also produced were 12 tropical or subtropical storms and two tropical depressions. David Fleshler,, "A fierce hurricane season is just about over," 26 Nov. 2019 Other species, like the brown greater galago, prefer more tropical and subtropical forests, while the Somali galago can be found in dry, thorny habitats. National Geographic, "Bush babies," 19 Nov. 2019 Because many of the fossilized remains of ancient hominins come from tropical and subtropical areas, like East Africa, southern Africa and Indonesia, there’s little chance that viable DNA has survived. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scientists Now Know Where the Largest Primate to Ever Exist Sits in Primate Family Tree," 14 Nov. 2019 The latest projected path from the National Hurricane Center shows Nestor likely making landfall somewhere on the Florida Panhandle as a minimal tropical or subtropical storm. Leigh Morgan, al, "What can Alabama expect from potential storm Nestor?," 18 Oct. 2019 Moving off the eastern coast of Mexico, the low-pressure system is likely to develop into a tropical or subtropical system before Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. CBS News, "Tropical storm expected to form in Gulf Coast, bringing "dangerous" storm surge," 17 Oct. 2019 Illness occurs most often in tropical and subtropical regions. Lillian Reed,, "What is Cyclospora? Maryland health department investigating rise in infection," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of subtropical

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Subtropical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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