from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Partly tropical; subtropical.

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  • adj. Intermediate between temperate and tropical, approaching tropical in appearance.

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  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics


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  • Houston, despite some people's impression of the Texas climate, is a semitropical city that averages about 50 inches of rain annually.

    Where the Game Is in a Dry Season

  • This lush, sun-drenched region, known as the Treasure Coast, is renowned for its citrus groves and semitropical vegetation.

    Gardens of Eden Sprout in Synagogue and Church Yards, but They Aren't Very Fruitful

  • Alas, the city's history of one booster campaign after another, from railroads, citrus growers and land salesmen, has left Los Angeles—for all the semitropical metropolis's futurist gazing into the Pacific sun—with an inferiority complex.

    Laying Claim to Its Place in the Sun

  • The southern semitropical island is important to the U.S. military because it is near China, Taiwan and the Korean peninsula, where tensions have risen sharply after North Korea was blamed last week for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

    Japan PM Apologizes As U.S. Base Stays Put

  • The mid-20th-century advent of air conditioning encouraged the growth of major cities and their suburbs in many parts of America characterized by semitropical and tropical climates.

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  • On a tree near their classrooms, a snagged blue-and-white Tesco shopping bag fluttered in the warm semitropical breeze like the flag of a distant empire.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • Among the palm trees and factories of this semitropical manufacturing region were clusters of contemporary Sanford & Son businesses that dealt with yang laji, or foreign rubbish.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • Tour by Mexico. com reports that Morelos has an elevation ranging between 1,000 and 3,300 meters (2,900-9,800 ft) above sea level and that Cuernavaca has an elevation of 1,500 meters (5,000 ft.) above sea level with a climate ranging from moderate to semitropical.

    The State Of Morelos - An Overview

  • When the semitropical rains finally arrived she skipped through the bamboo barelegged in a waterproof hat the size of an umbrella made of layers of plaited bamboo.


  • There was the scent of almond trees as he passed through an iron gate into a semitropical paradise.



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