[ suhb-trop-i-kuh l ]
/ sʌbˈtrɒp ɪ kəl /


bordering on the tropics; nearly tropical.
pertaining to or occurring in a region between tropical and temperate; subtorrid; semitropical.


a subtropical plant.

Origin of subtropical

First recorded in 1835–45; sub- + tropical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subtropical

/ (sʌbˈtrɒpɪkəl) /


situated in, used in, characteristic of, or relating to the subtropics
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Science definitions for subtropical

[ sŭb-trŏpĭ-kəl ]

Relating to the regions of the Earth bordering on the tropics, just north of the Tropic of Cancer or just south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Subtropical regions are the warmest parts of the two Temperate Zones.
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