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[sem-ee-trop-i-kuh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈtrɒp ɪ kəl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
Often, semitropic.
Origin of semitropical
First recorded in 1855-60; semi- + tropical
Related forms
semitropics, plural noun
semitropically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Sugar-cane is grown in tropical and semitropical countries all over the globe.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
  • Before them was a semitropical forest from which at any moment might crawl—death.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
  • It has the features of a semitropical climate; here the flora of northern and southern provinces meet and overlap.

  • In tropical and semitropical regions there are mammals, some of them quite large, which feed upon insects.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • It was a day which only those who know tropical and semitropical seas can understand.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The vultures of India and semitropical countries are of immense value as scavengers.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • They are used to semitropical heat and to hard work in bad conditions if there be only hope ahead.

  • In absolute silence the trio walked through the semitropical grounds to the court-house.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • On the plain grew giant sequoia, cypress, juniper, and other semitropical trees.

    North Dakota Various
  • The one thousand or more known species are distributed over the tropical and semitropical regions of the entire world.

British Dictionary definitions for semitropical


partly tropical
another word for subtropical
Derived Forms
semitropics, noun:plural
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