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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Drinking more fluids is important in lowering your risks of forming stones - especially in already tropical and subtropical areas. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago,, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 1 July 2019 This octopus species lives in open water in Earth’s tropical and subtropical seas. Taylor Maggiacomo, National Geographic, "To mate, this octopus gives life and limb," 17 June 2019 Spices are the bark, roots, seeds, buds, and berries of plants from tropical and subtropical zones, and are generally hard in texture, like peppercorns or cinnamon sticks. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 The storm system will probably become a tropical storm within the next 24 hours, but whether its subtropical or tropical doesn’t change the threats that the storm poses to those in its path. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Scattered thunderstorms persist through sunset. Mostly cloudy, warm and muggy with more afternoon storms on Sunday.," 26 May 2018 The threats associated with subtropical and tropical storms are largely the same: heavy rainfall, gusty winds and rough surf. Brandon Miller, CNN, "Subtropical Storm Alberto eyes Gulf Coast for Memorial Day weekend," 25 May 2018 Environmental conditions are forecast to steadily become more conducive for development, and a subtropical or tropical depression or storm is likely to form by Saturday over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Carlie Kollath Wells,, "System nearing Gulf becomes better defined, likely to form depression by Saturday," 25 May 2018 In the short term, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday a mass of low pressure in the western Caribbean was becoming better defined and likely would become a subtropical or tropical depression by late Saturday. Jennifer Kay,, "US forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season," 24 May 2018 There is a 60% chance of a subtropical or tropical depression forming in the central or eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical storm could drench Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of subtropical

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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