plural noun
sub·​trop·​ics | \ ˌsəb-ˈträ-piks How to pronounce subtropics (audio) \

Definition of subtropics

: subtropical regions

Examples of subtropics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Atmospheric rivers are like fire hoses of water vapor, often with a direct connection to the subtropics. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2021 Some, however, are less concerned about the intensity of jets of cold weather dipping into the subtropics because the average temperatures in the Arctic are increasing so rapidly. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 16 Dec. 2020 Foodie fans also like Blue Moon’s expansive deck, which somehow manages to remain remarkably cool here in the subtropics. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 9 Nov. 2020 As for the rainy days here in the subtropics, Walker says that their opening weekend Oct. 3 and 4 wasn’t dampened. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 8 Oct. 2020 Because of fabulous-to-tolerable weather most of the time here in the subtropics, South Florida has quite few farmers' markets. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 22 Sep. 2020 Found throughout the tropics and subtropics, mangroves provide critical habitat for numerous marine and terrestrial species and support coastal communities by slowing erosion, cleaning water and much more. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of subtropics

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Subtropics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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