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Meaning of TROPICAL

Pronunciation:  'tr√Ępikul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics; "tropical weather"
  2. [adj]  (rhetoric) characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense
  3. [adj]  relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator); "tropical islands"; "tropical fruit"

TROPICAL is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: equatorial, figurative, hot, nonliteral, tropic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Trop"ic*al\, a. [Cf. L. tropicus of turning, Gr. ?.
See {Tropic}, n.]
1. Of or pertaining to the tropics; characteristic of, or
   incident to, the tropics; being within the tropics; as,
   tropical climate; tropical latitudes; tropical heat;
   tropical diseases.

2. [From {Trope}.] Rhetorically changed from its exact
   original sense; being of the nature of a trope;
   figurative; metaphorical. --Jer. Taylor.

         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. --South.

{Tropic month}. See {Lunar month}, under {Month}.

{Tropic year}, the solar year; the period occupied by the sun
   in passing from one tropic or one equinox to the same
   again, having a mean length of 365 days, 5 hours, 48
   minutes, 46.0 seconds, which is 20 minutes, 23.3 seconds
   shorter than the sidereal year, on account of the
   precession of the equinoxes.