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 result was a beer with tropical notes, thanks to Mosaic, El Dorado and Ekaunot hops, and remarkably low alcohol content — just 4.2 percent by volume.
Clouds from a tropical storm over Baja California brought relief from sweltering temperatures to coastal San Diego County on Saturday, while inland areas stayed hot.
As Anaya vividly depicted with his floating coffins, our relationship with sea levels and tropical storms puts us in a precarious position.
Deep in the bedrock, the air feels as hot and humid as a tropical jungle.
The candy is made in small batches by a company in Orlando, Fla., that specializes in tropical-style sweets.
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.
Tropical Storm Cindy, the third thus far in 2017, formed in the Gulf off the Louisiana coastline on the same day.
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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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