Definition of tropical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈträpək(ə)l/


1Of, typical of, or peculiar to the tropics: tropical countries a tropical rainforest
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  • The forest cobra is a large, thick-bodied, black snake from the tropical and subtropical rain forests of Africa.
  • The swamps include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest.
  • In uneven-aged tropical rain forest ecosystems, the same principle seems to apply.
1.1Resembling the tropics, especially in being very hot and humid: some plants thrived in last year’s tropical summer heat
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  • My mind was empty and was cooling off as the tropical summer heat was subsiding in the shower of the moonlight.
  • Such images, humid with tropical nostalgia, have come to represent Cuba to the world today.
  • Climatic variations range from humid to dry tropical to Mediterranean.
very hot, sweltering, boiling, scorching, humid, sultry, steamy, sticky, oppressive, stifling, suffocating, heavy, equatorial
2 archaic Of or involving a trope; figurative.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • The Samoan environment is tropically lush, with green volcanic peaks plunging to brilliant coral reefs, an ecotourism paradise still unspoiled by mass tourism.
  • The 22 acres of gardens were tropically luxuriant.
  • The Red-hot Pokers in my garden have been fantastic this year, but would look resplendent in a more tropically themed space.

Words that rhyme with tropical

misanthropical, semi-tropical, subtropical, topical

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Syllabification: trop·i·cal

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