Definition: Tropical

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From tropic from Late Latin tropicus (“of or pertaining to the solstice, as a noun, one of the tropics”), from Ancient Greek τροπικός (tropikós, “of or pertaining to a turn or change; or the solstice; or a trope or figure; tropic; tropical; etc.”), from τροπή (tropḗ, “turn; solstice; trope”). +‎ -al.


tropical (comparative more tropical, superlative most tropical)

  1. Of or pertaining to the tropics, the equatorial region between 23 degrees north and 23 degrees south.
  2. From or similar to a hot humid climate
    tropical fruit
    tropical weather
  3. (mathematics) Pertaining to tropical geometry.

Derived terms


tropical (plural tropicals)

  1. A tropical plant
    Amaryllis is a tropical, native to Central and South America


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