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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Vanilla worldwide About 110 species of vanilla orchids grow worldwide in a belt of tropical and subtropical environment stretching from the Americas, across Africa and southern Asia, to the islands of the Pacific. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 Planted in the museum’s interior courtyards: magnolias and bays, lushly surrounded by subtropical plants. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Bermuda Though this small island sits in the North Atlantic, its climate is decidedly subtropical. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Since election day, a public love-fest has enveloped the man known variously as AMLO, for his initials, or El Peje, after a freshwater fish native to the southern state of Tabasco, the new president’s subtropical home turf. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Once denounced as a political threat, Lopez Obrador is now the darling of Mexico," 10 July 2018 With merely subtropical dew points in the 60s, heat index values shouldn’t exceed the mid-90s. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Abortion is already emerging as a top issue in the midterms with Supreme Court vacancy," 29 June 2018 Across much of Europe, subtropical vegetation replaced cool-adapted plants, and dense swamp-forests resembling modern Louisiana clogged coasts and estuaries in Denmark and Germany (the European shoreline was 120 miles inland from today’s coast). Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?," 18 June 2018 Alberto maintained subtropical characteristics until its Memorial Day landfall on the Florida Panhandle at Laguna Beach. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Why was Alberto called a subtropical storm?," 4 June 2018 At picturesque Shelley Beach you may be tempted to enjoy a quick swim in the Marine Park that is home to an impressive variety of subtropical fish or just relax and enjoy a cool drink and the views back to Manly. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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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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