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From tropic +‎ -al.

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tropical (comparative more tropical, superlative most tropical)

  1. Of or pertaining to the tropics, the equatorial region between 23 degrees north and 23 degrees south.
  2. From, or similar to, a hot, humid climate.
    tropical fruit    tropical weather
    • 1983, Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, →ISBN, page 103:
      Whale sharks are found in all the tropical waters of the world. As with many tropical species, an occasional stray wanders into colder waters.
  3. (dated) Pertaining to, involving, or of the nature of a trope or tropes; figurative, metaphorical.
    • 1653 (indicated as 1654), Jeremy Taylor, “The Real Presence and Spiritual of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, Proved against the Doctrine of Transubstantiation. Section I. State of the Question.”, in Reginald Heber, editor, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D. [], volume IX, London: Ogle, Duncan, and Co. []; and Richard Priestley, [], published 1822, →OCLC, paragraph 8, page 429:
      But we, by the real spiritual presence of Christ, do understand Christ to be present, as the Spirit of God is present in the hearts of the faithful, by blessing and grace; and this is all which we mean besides the tropical and figurative presence.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London:
      The foundation of all parables is some analogy or similitude between the tropical or allusive part of the parable and the thing intended by it.
  4. (mathematics) Pertaining to tropical geometry.

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tropical (plural tropicals)

  1. A tropical plant.
    • 1856, “The Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], volume 12, page 275:
      The potato, as a mountain tropical plant, is capable of growing in cooler weather than any other tropical except the Nasturtian.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 tropical”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.

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Catalan

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From tròpic +‎ -al.

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tropical m or f (masculine and feminine plural tropicals)

  1. tropical

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French

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From tropique +‎ -al.

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tropical (feminine tropicale, masculine plural tropicaux, feminine plural tropicales)

  1. (relational) of the tropics; tropical
    forêt tropicale(please add an English translation of this usage example)
  2. (figuratively) scorching
    Synonym: caniculaire

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  • Romanian: tropical
  • Turkish: tropikal

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Galician

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  • IPA(key): /tɾɔpiˈkal/ [t̪ɾɔ.piˈkɑɫ]
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Hyphenation: tro‧pi‧cal

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tropical m or f (plural tropicais)

  1. tropical

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Piedmontese

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tropical

  1. tropical

Portuguese

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  • Rhymes: -al, -aw
  • Hyphenation: tro‧pi‧cal

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tropical m or f (plural tropicais)

  1. tropical (of or relating to the tropics)
  2. tropical (from or similar to a hod humid climate)

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  • tropical” in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

Romanian

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Borrowed from French tropical. By surface analysis, tropic +‎ -al.

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tropical m or n (feminine singular tropicală, masculine plural tropicali, feminine and neuter plural tropicale)

  1. tropical

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Spanish

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Etymology

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From trópico +‎ -al.

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  • IPA(key): /tɾopiˈkal/ [t̪ɾo.piˈkal]
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Syllabification: tro‧pi‧cal

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tropical m or f (masculine and feminine plural tropicales)

  1. tropical

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