Meaning of tropical

trop•i•cal

Pronunciation: (trop'i-kul for 1–4, 6 trō'pi-kul for 5), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, occurring in, or inhabiting the tropics, esp. the humid tropics: tropical flowers.
  2. very hot and humid: a tropical climate.
  3. designed for use in the tropics or in very hot weather (often used in combination): tropical-weight woolens.
  4. of or pertaining to either or both of the astronomical tropics.
  5. pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a trope or tropes; metaphorical.
—n.
  1. lightweight clothing, suitable for warm, esp. summer weather.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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