tropical

adjective trop·i·cal \ for sense 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl , for sense 2 ˈtrō- also ˈträ- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of tropical

1 a : 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 2

tropically

play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of tropical in a Sentence

  1. wanted to escape winter and visit some tropical location where freezing to death would not be a possibility

  2. an author given to high-flown tropical phrasings and convoluted symbology

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First Known Use of tropical

1671

tropical Synonyms

Synonyms
equatorial, low
Antonyms
polar
Related Words
semitropical (also semitropic), subtropical (also subtropic)
Near Antonyms
temperate

TROPICAL Defined for English Language Learners

tropical

adjective

Definition of tropical for English Language Learners

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


TROPICAL Defined for Kids

tropical

adjective trop·i·cal \ ˈträ-pi-kəl \

Definition of tropical for Students

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


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