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
Deep in the bedrock, the air feels as hot and humid as a tropical jungle.
Williams’ narrative offers a tropical milieu of rumrunners, skulduggery, concealed identity, dangerous complications for Virginia and her toddler daughter Evelyn — and lots of entertainment for readers.
LOS ANGELES – Drifting throngs of jelly-like, glowing organisms native to tropical seas far from shore have invaded Pacific coastal waters from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska this year, baffling researchers and frustrating fishing crews.
A potential system in the Gulf of Mexico sparked tropical storm warnings on Louisiana’s coastline and watches from High Island, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.
The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative was launched by the Scandinavian country that has made reducing tropical deforestation one of its top international priorities, with investments of some $3 billion in the past decade.
Saturated fats are found in meat, full-fat milk, and butter, and some tropical oils like palm and coconut oil.
The travel industry has been bullish on the Cuba market since Obama loosened the rules, noting that Americans tend to spend heavily on vacations and would be eager to explore a newly accessible tropical getaway famous for rum and cigars.
Local agriculture and tropical fruits are the stars of the show at the Redland Summer Fruit Fest on Saturday and Sunday at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave.,
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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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