Definition of tropical
1a : of, relating to, occurring in, or suitable for use in the tropics tropical forests a tropical diseaseb : 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
tropicallyplay \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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
Recent Examples of tropical from the Web
The tropical beach setting of Bal Harbour Shops harked back to Mr. Whitman’s upbringing.
According to the hurricane center the size or width of the cone is determined using the tropical cyclone track forecast errors.
Resident’s Robert Masterson said his 11 Barrel included Amarillo, Idaho 7 and Vic Secret hops, resulting in more tropical flavors.
Good South African chenin blancs can offer floral, citrusy and honey-kissed notes; apple, pear, apricot and tropical fruits; and nutty and toasty expressions when the wine has been fermented in oak barrels.
The tropical storm watch was in effect from Puerto Escondido to Salina Cruz.
Mudslides have become common during Sri Lanka’s summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical Indian Ocean island nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber.
Mudslides have become common during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka, a tropical Indian Ocean island nation, as land has been heavily deforested to grow export crops such as tea and rubber.
Martinique wallpaper, staff in tropical shirts, a graphic, kitschy menu—but the real transportation happens in the glass, with the intricate play of a broad spectrum of rums and fresh juices.
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First Known Use of tropical
TROPICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tropical for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, occurring in, or used in the tropics
TROPICAL Defined for Kids
Definition of tropical for Students
: of or occurring in the tropics tropical fruit a tropical island
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