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semitropical

[sem-ee-trop-i-kuh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈtrɒp ɪ kəl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
Often, semitropic.
Origin of semitropical
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; semi- + tropical
Related forms
semitropics, plural noun
semitropically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for semitropical
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • Sugar-cane is grown in tropical and semitropical countries all over the globe.

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    Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
  • 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

semitropical

/ˌsɛmɪˈtrɒpɪkəl/
adjective
1.
partly tropical
2.
another word for subtropical
Derived Forms
semitropics, noun:plural
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