adjective tro·poph·i·lous \trōˈpäfələs\
variants: less commonly



Definition of tropophilous

  1. :  physiologically adjusted to or thriving in an environment that undergoes marked periodic changes (as in temperature, soil moisture, or available light)

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Origin and Etymology of tropophilous

1trop- + -philous or -phil

First Known Use: 1900

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capable of being understood in two ways

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