trop·​i·​cal | \ for sense 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce tropical (audio) , 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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Other Words from tropical

tropically \ ˈträ-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce tropically (audio) , 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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On tap: Box Car American pale ale, with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine; Golden Spike, a double India pale ale punched with tropical pineapple flavors; and Life on the Rind, a watermelon and lime kettle sour ale infused with vanilla bean. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 Tables were decorated with foliage and accented with exotic tropical fruits such as corozo, granadillas, watermelons, and pitayas. Bruno Rezza, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virginia Ashe & Ian Ross Embraced All Things Tropical For Their Wedding Weekend in Cartagena," 21 May 2019 Ignite sells bottles that contain 1000 milligrams of CBD for just $65 in delicious flavors like blood orange, lavender, and my favorite, tropical fruit. Allure, "12 CBD Tinctures, Gummies, and Drinks That Help Calm Anxiety," 23 Oct. 2018 Bring tropical flavor to your table with this banana-pineapple dessert. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Hummingbird Cupcakes," 6 Mar. 2018 The biggest factor in the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season seems to have been elevated ocean temperatures in the tropical region where hurricanes first form. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What pushed 2017’s Atlantic hurricane season into overdrive?," 28 Sep. 2018 Donovanosis, also called Granuloma inguinale, is typically found in tropical regions like Brazil, southern Africa, Papua New Guinea, and India, according to BASHH. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Rare "Flesh-Eating" STI Donovanosis Discovered in the U.K.," 23 Aug. 2018 Zika, a virus identified decades ago in Africa, caused a widespread epidemic in tropical regions of the Americas in 2015 and 2016. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Zika’s Long-Term Toll Is Heavy for Children," 7 Aug. 2018 Then these dark-green fragments are put through misery, plunged into tanks mimicking the hotter, more acidic waters projected to one day overtake the tropical region. Evan Halper,, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 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 How to pronounce tropical (audio) \

Kids Definition of tropical

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

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