sub·trop·i·cal | \ˌsəb-ˈträ-pi-kəl \
variants: or less commonly subtropic \ˌsəb-ˈträ-pik \

Definition of subtropical 

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

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Cyclospora are parasites that can contaminate food or water and are common in some tropical and subtropical regions. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "McDonald’s Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses," 13 July 2018 In some parts of the world, like certain tropical and subtropical regions, cyclosporiasis is endemic. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Cyclospora? Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables Has Sickened More Than 200," 10 July 2018 Unlike most leopards, which live in tropical or subtropical regions, Amur leopards live in temperate forests. Bradley J. Fikes,, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 As its name implies, this mosquito species is originally a native of Asia and is more common in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Gregory B. Hladky,, "What You Need To Know About The Invasive Mosquito Expected To Spread To Connecticut," 6 June 2018 Regardless of tropical or subtropical classification, the biggest threat from this system will be heavy rainfall and flooding across Florida and the Southeast through Tuesday. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Watching the Tropics this Memorial Day Weekend," 25 May 2018 The moringa tree, native to India and other parts of south Asia, grows quite commonly in tropical and subtropical climates. Nikhita Venugopal, Bon Appetit, "I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'," 14 May 2018 Gradual development is expected over the next two days with a tropical, or subtropical, depression forming over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Slow-moving Gulf storm threatening Florida with heavy rains and flooding | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, subtropical storm Alberto, failed to reach hurricane status. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Hurricane Beryl Is Officially the First Atlantic Hurricane of the Year. Here's Where it's Headed," 6 July 2018

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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

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