adjective

  • another term for tropical (sense 1)
    • ‘‘We've offered to improve the road, but the Navy won't let us,’ he shouted above the chirping of tiny frogs and the thwack of thick tropic brush against the windows.’
    • ‘Because humid tropic and sub-tropic areas sustain tree growth at a rate three times that of temperate zones - thus tripling the carbon dioxide-sequestering effect - many projects are initiated in these regions.’
    • ‘So rarely are Polynesian, Micronesian, or Melanesian news items featured in the US media, that the image of dreamy tropic islands persists in the western imagination.’
    • ‘As the blistering midday sun slowly arced across the powder-blue tropic skies, temperatures soared to stifling, triple-digit figures.’
    • ‘Why is it so important to have a botanical garden in the wet tropic area of Australia?’
    • ‘He had known happiness, too, in Harlem, joy that glowed gloriously upon him like the high-noon sunlight of his tropic island home.’
    • ‘They watched as white smoke drifted lazily upward in the humid tropic air.’
    • ‘The terms began to consume my imagination, a pataphysical extravaganza of accumulating works & fields absorbed into this tropic zone without benefit of underlying unity of perspective.’
    • ‘At one point during his childhood, a new relationship of his mother's took him out of all the gray bleakness to a veritable tropic isle off the coast of the Carolinas.’
    • ‘Take for example a society in a desert where water is very scarce and at the same time consider a society that dwells in a tropic setting where water is plentiful.’
    • ‘See the pyramids along the Nile. Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle.’
    • ‘Arguably, one of the best-kept secrets on the Cape Peninsula is that here, you find more species of plants acre for acre than probably any other area on the planet, surpassing even tropic rainforests in diversity.’
    • ‘After surviving their first two years on an uncharted Pacific island, our seven stranded castaways continue to ponder and pine after the day they'll be rescued from their tropic island nest.’
    • ‘A native of the tropic Americas, the cattleyas are a pseudobulb type and considered an orchid with training wheels.’
    • ‘Due to the variation of conditions along the route - from tropic to arctic - it is convenient to dress in layers you can either shed or add on.’
    • ‘Having moved to the tropic island to please his young bride and her family - Maximo, had always been, in his own way, homesick for the beauty and charm of ‘Italia’.’
    • ‘I had visions of palm trees and blue lagoons and snorkelling under a tropic sky.’
    • ‘But in her head, she was far, far away in an unknown tropic land with Abe.’
    • ‘Bananas are typically thought of as a dessert course while the starchy plantains are cooked before eating and are considered a major staple of the tropic countries.’
    • ‘Insects have adapted to nearly every ecological niche available, from arctic to tropic and mountaintop to river bottom.’

Definition of tropic in US English:

tropic

adjective

  • 1Biology
    Relating to, consisting of, or exhibiting tropism.

    • ‘Early red and green algae may have been unable to radiate 1,500 MYA because of physical factors such as nutrient conditions or tropic competition.’
    • ‘Charles Darwin performed early auxin experiments, observing the effects of a hypothetical substance modulating plant shoot elongation to allow tropic growth toward light.’
    • ‘The tropic response represents a growth response to altered auxin levels, involving growth stimulation and growth inhibition on opposite sides of the responding organ.’
    • ‘At the multicellular level, tropic responses of the shoots and roots of flowering plants have been extensively studied.’
    • ‘In plant terms these are familiar growth and development phenomena, such as de-etiolation, flower induction, wind sway response, regeneration, induced bud break/germination, tropic bending, etc.’
    • ‘Gibberellins are a class of plant hormones that exert profound and diverse effects on plant growth and development and that have been implicated in tropic growth responses since the 1970s.’
  • 2Physiology

    variant spelling of trophic

Pronunciation

tropic

/ˈtrɑpɪk//ˈträpik/