[ suhb-trop-i-kuhl ]


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


  1. a subtropical plant.


/ sŭb-trŏpĭ-kəl /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of subtropical1

First recorded in 1835–45; sub- + tropical

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Example Sentences

It’s a time when subtropical forests spread over the continents and new animals got to stake their claims on the planet, all thanks to an atmosphere and oceans in turmoil.

Plants need hydration, after all, and changes to the world’s rain cycle provided an essential assist in the proliferation of subtropical canopies.

Pledges of 43 tropical and subtropical nations that joined by 2019 — a mix of plantations and natural regrowth — would sequester 16 gigatons of carbon.

Consider the fall armyworm, a pest native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas that feeds on corn.

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Leishmaniasis, Gaither learned, is common in tropical and subtropical countries like Brazil, Mexico, and India.

Another mosquito-borne infection, dengue is found primarily in urban and rural tropical and subtropical regions.

It is very common in subtropical countries, notably in Italy and in southern China.

Accidental; two instances; habitat, tropical and subtropical America.

About two miles inland from Pentewan is Heligan, a very fine estate, whose gardens display rare subtropical vegetation.

Here the full force of the fierce subtropical sun began to make itself felt.

Overhead spread a canopy of luminous, subtropical stars; in undisturbed silence they gazed up at their brilliance.


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