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subtropical

[suhb-trop-i-kuh l] /sʌbˈtrɒp ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
bordering on the tropics; nearly tropical.
2.
pertaining to or occurring in a region between tropical and temperate; subtorrid; semitropical.
noun
3.
a subtropical plant.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; sub- + tropical
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subtropical

adj.

1842, from sub- + tropical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sub-tropical in Science
subtropical
  (sŭb-trŏp'ĭ-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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