plural noun

sub·​trop·​ics ˌsəb-ˈträ-piks How to pronounce subtropics (audio)
: subtropical regions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The monsoon is composed of moist, unstable air that originates far to the south, in the subtropics. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2022 This first storm is drawing much of its moisture from about 1,500 miles away, in the subtropics. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2021 The storm, which is drawing lots of moisture from the subtropics also could deliver 2.5 inches of rain in the coastal foothills and valleys, and up to 4 inches in the mountains. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2021 The cows — many Brahmans with origins in the subtropics and other hardy breeds — feed on leaves and beans from mesquite and palo verde trees and on grasses that grow after the rains and by the creek. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 It is described as a thin, but long plume of moisture in the atmosphere that stretches from the tropics or subtropics into higher latitudes. Jim Foerster, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Because of fabulous weather — well, most of the time — here in the subtropics, South Florida has quite few farmers’ markets. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 7 Oct. 2021 Here in the subtropics, keeping cool is a hot issue. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 6 Aug. 2021 Near- to below-average sea surface temperatures are present in the tropical Atlantic, while the subtropics exhibit positive temperature anomalies. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subtropics was in 1857

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“Subtropics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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noun plural

sub·​trop·​ics ˌsəb-ˈträp-iks How to pronounce subtropics (audio)
: subtropical regions
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