[sem-ee-trop-i-kuh l, sem-ahy-]
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Often sem·i·trop·ic.

Origin of semitropical

First recorded in 1855–60; semi- + tropical
Related formssem·i·trop·ics, plural nounsem·i·trop·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for semitropical

Historical Examples of semitropical

  • 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.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home

    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

British Dictionary definitions for semitropical


  1. partly tropical
  2. another word for subtropical
Derived Formssemitropics, pl n
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