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

/ˈträpək(ə)l//ˈtrɑpək(ə)l/