[trop-i-kuh l for 1–4, 6; troh-pi-kuh l for 5]
- pertaining to, characteristic of, occurring in, or inhabiting the tropics, especially the humid tropics: tropical flowers.
- very hot and humid: a tropical climate.
- designed for use in the tropics or in very hot weather (often used in combination): tropical-weight woolens.
- of or relating to either or both of the astronomical tropics.
- pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a trope or tropes; metaphorical.
- tropicals, lightweight clothing, suitable for warm, especially summer weather.
Origin of tropical
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- situated in, used in, characteristic of, or relating to the tropics
- (of weather) very hot, esp when humid
- rhetoric of or relating to a trope
Word Origin and History for tropicality
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper