Definition of tropical in US English:

tropical

adjective

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

    ‘tropical countries’
    ‘a tropical rainforest’
    • ‘The climate and soil in the region are characteristic of a tropical rainforest.’
    • ‘Gibbons are arboreal apes who live in the tropical rain forests of southeast Asia.’
    • ‘The tropical regions are also home to the rain forests where despite the extraordinary conditions, life is abundant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are primarily forest birds and live in rainforests of tropical Asia and Africa.’
    • ‘The African rain forest is the second largest contiguous tropical forest in the world after the Amazon.’
    • ‘Woodcreepers live primarily in lowland tropical forests and are mainly insectivores.’
    • ‘Jaguars occupy a diverse habitat ranging from tropical rain forests to arid deserts.’
    • ‘The forest cobra is a large, thick-bodied, black snake from the tropical and subtropical rain forests of Africa.’
    • ‘The remaining Indonesian tropical rain forests are largely in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Irian Jaya.’
    • ‘Cola trees are large and grow best in tropical rain forests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The highest diversity of pigeons and doves occurs in tropical rainforests.’
    • ‘Recent studies in temperate and tropical forests already report increases in these plants.’
    • ‘Cichlids are mainly found in the lowland, freshwater areas of tropical and subtropical regions.’
    • ‘The swamps include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest.’
    1. 1.1 Resembling the tropics, especially in being very hot and humid.
      ‘some plants thrived in last year's tropical summer heat’
      • ‘There's a summery good time tropical feel to reggae in the Pacific.’
      • ‘It is a fruit of temperate but warm climates, which will not endure either tropical heat or severe cold.’
      • ‘My head rises from the shelter of my arms that has been transformed to tropical temperatures from the heat of my tears.’
      • ‘Even at that time my brow felt moist with the tropical heat.’
      • ‘And he was soon out in the tropical heat helping to arrange the delivery of tons of satellite equipment.’
      • ‘The tropical heat hits you first thing in the morning, pasting your clothes to your body by noon.’
      • ‘Climatic variations range from humid to dry tropical to Mediterranean.’
      • ‘The climate is tropical: hot and humid, but moderated by northeast tradewinds.’
      • ‘One of my earliest memories is of my mother fanning herself in the tropical heat with a sandalwood fan.’
      • ‘My mind was empty and was cooling off as the tropical summer heat was subsiding in the shower of the moonlight.’
      • ‘The slow ceiling fans made little impact against the tropical heat.’
      • ‘I've clambered up rocks in the tropical heat in the vain hope that there might be grasswren on top of the escarpment.’
      • ‘A once popular seafront fantasy park is to reopen to the public this summer - as tropical gardens.’
      • ‘The climate is humid and tropical with a dry season from January to May and a wet season from June to December.’
      • ‘The dramatic reconstruction sees Cornwall's tropical gardens impersonating the sweltering heat of Darien.’
      • ‘Such images, humid with tropical nostalgia, have come to represent Cuba to the world today.’
      • ‘Blame for the crash has been placed on hot summer weather followed by tropical downpours that left the road too slippery.’
      • ‘Forecasters said the UK would take on a tropical feel, with sticky and muggy weather making conditions unpleasant.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It has warm tropical winds in the summer and cold polar winds in the winter.’
      very hot, sweltering, baking hot, torrid
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  • 2archaic Of or involving a trope; figurative.

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

tropical

/ˈtrɑpək(ə)l//ˈträpək(ə)l/