tropical

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adjective trop·i·cal \for 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl, for 2 ˈtrō- also ˈträ-\

Definition of tropical

  1. 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. 2 [Latin tropicus, from Greek tropikos, from tropos trope] :  figurative 2

tropically

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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>

1527

First Known Use of tropical

1527


TROPICAL Defined for English Language Learners

tropical

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adjective trop·i·cal \for 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl, for 2 ˈtrō- also ˈträ-\

Definition of tropical for English Language Learners

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


TROPICAL Defined for Kids

tropical

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adjective trop·i·cal \ˈträ-pi-kəl\

Definition of tropical for Students

  1. :  of or occurring in the tropics <tropical fruit> <a tropical island>



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