tropical

Our planet’s tropical regions, located just north and south of the equator, are known for being warm and humid. Some people think tropical areas make ideal vacation spots; others think they’re just good places for getting mosquito bites.

This word calls for a crash course in geography. If you stand at Earth’s equator at certain times of the year, you’ll see the Sun directly overhead. However, the Sun “wanders” a bit, and sometimes you have to move north or south to see the Sun right above you; latitude lines called tropics show just how far north and south you have to go. The region between each tropic and the equator is considered tropical. For more details, see your travel agent.

Primary Meanings of tropical

1.
adj
relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator)
2.
adj
characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense
Full Definitions of tropical
1

adj relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator)

tropical islands”
tropical fruit”
Synonyms:
tropic
equatorial
of or existing at or near the geographic equator

adj of or relating to the tropics, or either tropic

tropical year”

adj of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics

tropical weather”
Synonyms:
tropic
hot
used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning
2

adj characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense

Synonyms:
figurative, nonliteral
(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

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