trop·i·cal | \ for sense 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl , for sense 2 ˈtrō- also ˈträ- \

Definition of tropical 

1a : of, relating to, occurring in, or suitable for use in the tropics tropical forests a tropical disease

b : of, being, or characteristic of a region or climate that is frost-free with temperatures high enough to support year-round plant growth given sufficient moisture tropical Florida

2 [ Latin tropicus, from Greek tropikos, from tropos trope ] : figurative sense 2

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tropically \ˈträ-pi-k(ə-)lē, ˈtrō- \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for tropical


equatorial, low



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Examples of tropical in a Sentence

wanted to escape winter and visit some tropical location where freezing to death would not be a possibility an author given to high-flown tropical phrasings and convoluted symbology

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At the same time, there is a tropical depression three that is expected to become a tropical storm off the Carolina coastline. Gary Lessor,, "Tropical Storm In Caribbean, High Temperatures In Connecticut," 7 July 2018 The fleur de lis — vodka, St. Germain liqueur, tropical fruit flavors — has a seductive tang tailor-made for summer sipping. Tim Smith,, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 Right now, the National Hurricane Center is not tracking any tropical depressions or storms. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Not Expected to Be as Bad as Forecasters Originally Predicted," 5 July 2018 Las Palmas Cantina, under the direction of chef Luis Millan, has developed a seafood-heavy menu that features the tropical flavors of coastal southern Mexico. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Most anticipated restaurant openings in 2018 in Phoenix: Roman pizza to Korean BBQ to Nashville hot chicken," 9 May 2018 Though their tropical vacation is over, these two are clearly still basking in the afterglow. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Ease Into a Comfort Zone With Couple Style," 11 July 2018 The low is interacting with widespread tropical moisture, leading to the numerous showers and thunderstorms. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Days of torrential rain lead to Texas' worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey," 21 June 2018 Warm water can help fuel systems amid waves of tropical moisture. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Odds still low for brewing storm headed toward Gulf of Mexico," 12 June 2018 With a lot of tropical moisture in the atmosphere, there is a good chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week in South Florida. Doug Phillips,, "Showers, thunderstorms in South Florida's forecast all week," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of tropical

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of tropical

: of, relating to, occurring in, or used in the tropics


trop·i·cal | \ ˈträ-pi-kəl \

Kids Definition of tropical

: of or occurring in the tropics tropical fruit a tropical island

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the setting in which something occurs

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