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[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
1835-45; sub- + tropical Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subtropical
  • The great white shark is a top predator throughout the world's temperate and subtropical waters.
  • Another jet stream, called the subtropical jet stream, usually develops during the winter.
  • It is formed by air movements in the tropical and subtropical regions.
  • The climate is subtropical, so it facilitates their survival and reproduction.
  • Tropical and subtropical countries pose highest risk.
  • The disease is a risk mainly in tropical and subtropical climates.
  • Most are found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters, but some species live in brackish and even fresh water.
  • It inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world and has been observed clambering onto land to sunbathe.
  • All this water gave the previously hot and dry climate a humid and drippy subtropical feel.
  • Needlefish are commonly seen schooling near the surface of tropical and subtropical waters.
British Dictionary definitions for subtropical


situated in, used in, characteristic of, or relating to the subtropics
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Word Origin and History for subtropical

1842, from sub- + tropical.

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subtropical in Science
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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