plural noun

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

Examples of subtropics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On many occasions, the region was hit by back-to-back storms, and several of those systems gained extra strength by tapping moisture from the subtropics. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2023 But in the summer, a ridge of high pressure moves up from the subtropics. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2013 Big southward dips in that high altitude river of air have allowed storms to pick up copious moisture in the subtropics. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 The term atmospheric river refers to huge plumes of airborne moisture that periodically surge out of the subtropics and plow into various places on the West Coast, particularly California. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2022 But there could be something brewing in the subtropics this week. Leigh Morgan, al, 5 Dec. 2022 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 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 23 Feb. 2024.

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