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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the geographic areas adjacent to the Tropics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the regions of the Earth further from the equator than the tropical regions.
  • n. A subtropical plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nearly tropical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a climate or other physical character between tropical and temperate; approaching the tropical or torrid zone in temperature: noting a region on the confines of either tropic, or its plants, animals, and other natural productions: as, subtropical America; a subtropical fauna or flora.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • (Humidity-triggered bathroom fans, good; a grass roof in subtropical sun, not so good.)

    Houses of the Future

  • Between 1969 and 2000, 85 per cent of lowland and mountain subtropical dry forests has been cleared (1. 2m hectares), according to a Zac (2004).

    Biodiversity 100: actions for the Americas

  • I don't have a flag to fly on national holidays, and the most I'll do for Christmas is a wreath on the door because it has good memories and the scent of pine is rare in subtropical Florida.

    July 2005

  • In the economy section of the A380 mock-up Airbus designers compensated for this dark truth with relentlessly cheerful carpet and upholstery in subtropical-fruit colors.

    The Mother Load

  • Durban was then a relatively sleepy town in subtropical surroundings.

    Aaron Klug - Autobiography

  • Poinsettias grow in subtropical climates and are usually planted during the months of March and April to be brought into full bloom by November.

    The poinsettia, Mexico's Christmas gift to the world

  • The area broadly falls into White’s Tongoland-Pondoland evergreen and semi-evergreen thicket and is commonly termed subtropical "transitional" thicket, since it traverses a number of formal biomes.

    Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets

  • This zonal flow is known as the subtropical jet stream.

    Global-scale circulation of the atmosphere

  • The Everglades climate has been classified as subtropical, featuring hot humid summers, when 80 percent of rainfall occurs, and mild winters.


  • The climate in the Atrek delta is milder than that to the north and classified as subtropical; average annual temperature is 17. 1° C.

    Caspian lowland desert


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