[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.
tropicals, lightweight clothing, suitable for warm, especially summer weather.
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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
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