Definition of tropical in English:


Line breaks: trop|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɒpɪk(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.
  • 1.1Very 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, baking hot, torrid; humid, sultry, steamy, sticky, oppressive, stifling, suffocating, heavy
    informal boiling
  • 2 archaic Of or involving a trope; figurative.



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  • 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.

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