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

1835–45; sub- + tropical Unabridged
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subtropical (sʌbˈtrɒpɪkəl)
situated in, used in, characteristic of, or relating to the subtropics

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1842, from sub- + tropical.
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subtropical   (sŭb-trŏp'ĭ-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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