Definition of tropical in English:



  • 1Of, typical of, or peculiar to the tropics.

    ‘tropical countries’
    ‘a tropical rainforest’
    • ‘Jaguars occupy a diverse habitat ranging from tropical rain forests to arid deserts.’
    • ‘The climate and soil in the region are characteristic of a tropical rainforest.’
    • ‘The forest cobra is a large, thick-bodied, black snake from the tropical and subtropical rain forests of Africa.’
    • ‘The highest diversity of pigeons and doves occurs in tropical rainforests.’
    • ‘Cichlids are mainly found in the lowland, freshwater areas of tropical and subtropical regions.’
    • ‘Cola trees are large and grow best in tropical rain forests.’
    • ‘Gibbons are arboreal apes who live in the tropical rain forests of southeast Asia.’
    • ‘Woodcreepers live primarily in lowland tropical forests and are mainly insectivores.’
    • ‘The tropical regions are also home to the rain forests where despite the extraordinary conditions, life is abundant.’
    • ‘The remaining Indonesian tropical rain forests are largely in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Irian Jaya.’
    • ‘They are primarily forest birds and live in rainforests of tropical Asia and Africa.’
    • ‘And if no trees are left on the valley slopes to sop up runoff from the rains and slow its flow, a tropical river will wither and die.’
    • ‘Recent studies in temperate and tropical forests already report increases in these plants.’
    • ‘The African rain forest is the second largest contiguous tropical forest in the world after the Amazon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He actually adopted a tree in the tropical rainforest and a manatee down in Florida.’
    • ‘Snakes are found in a variety of habitats ranging from tropical rainforests to hot deserts.’
    • ‘These birds belong in the tropical rain forests and are spectacular in the wild.’
    • ‘They occupy a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from tropical forest to arctic tundra.’
    1. 1.1Very hot and humid.
      ‘some plants thrived in last year's tropical summer heat’
      • ‘It has warm tropical winds in the summer and cold polar winds in the winter.’
      • ‘And he was soon out in the tropical heat helping to arrange the delivery of tons of satellite equipment.’
      • ‘The climate is tropical: hot and humid, but moderated by northeast tradewinds.’
      • ‘A once popular seafront fantasy park is to reopen to the public this summer - as tropical gardens.’
      • ‘Climatic variations range from humid to dry tropical to Mediterranean.’
      • ‘The slow ceiling fans made little impact against the tropical heat.’
      • ‘Even at that time my brow felt moist with the tropical heat.’
      • ‘It is a fruit of temperate but warm climates, which will not endure either tropical heat or severe cold.’
      • ‘Forecasters said the UK would take on a tropical feel, with sticky and muggy weather making conditions unpleasant.’
      • ‘My mind was empty and was cooling off as the tropical summer heat was subsiding in the shower of the moonlight.’
      • ‘My head rises from the shelter of my arms that has been transformed to tropical temperatures from the heat of my tears.’
      • ‘The dramatic reconstruction sees Cornwall's tropical gardens impersonating the sweltering heat of Darien.’
      • ‘Do I need to tell you that the last thing you want as a starter to your evening meal after a day of tropical heat is eggs Benedict?’
      • ‘Blame for the crash has been placed on hot summer weather followed by tropical downpours that left the road too slippery.’
      • ‘Such images, humid with tropical nostalgia, have come to represent Cuba to the world today.’
      • ‘The climate is humid and tropical with a dry season from January to May and a wet season from June to December.’
      • ‘I've clambered up rocks in the tropical heat in the vain hope that there might be grasswren on top of the escarpment.’
      • ‘There's a summery good time tropical feel to reggae in the Pacific.’
      • ‘The tropical heat hits you first thing in the morning, pasting your clothes to your body by noon.’
      • ‘One of my earliest memories is of my mother fanning herself in the tropical heat with a sandalwood fan.’
      very hot, sweltering, baking hot, torrid
      humid, sultry, steamy, sticky, oppressive, stifling, suffocating, heavy
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  • 2archaic Of or involving a trope; figurative.

    metaphorical, non-literal, symbolic, allegorical, representative, emblematic
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