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 (sĕm′ē-trŏp′ĭ-kəl, sĕm′ī-)
Partly tropical; subtropical.


1. (Environmental Science) Also: semitropic partly tropical
2. (Environmental Science) another word for subtropical
ˌsemiˈtropics pl n


(sʌbˈtrɒp ɪ kəl)

1. bordering on the tropics; nearly tropical.
2. pertaining to or occurring in a region between tropical and temperate; subtorrid; semitropical.
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Adj.1.semitropical - of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics; "even near the equator vegetation at 5000 ft is subtropical rather than tropical"
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Fisher did not see his friend until a fortnight later, when he found himself in the garden at the back of the clubhouse on the opposite side from the links, a garden heavily colored and scented with sweet semitropical plants in the glow of a desert sunset.
The surrounding shores were beautiful with semitropical verdure, while in the distance the country rose from the ocean in hill and tableland, almost uniformly clothed by primeval forest.
Malaria, a disease eliminated in temperate climates with mosquito eradication programs, remains widespread in the tropical and semitropical climates.
In the 1870s and 1880s, real estate developers seized upon palm trees as markers of Los Angeles as a warm, semitropical paradise, the new desert Eden.
They grew not in the Arizona desert, but in semitropical forests 1,500 miles to the south before continental drift transported them north.
In the semitropical climate of Florida, when composted broiler litter (to improve the water-holding capacity of Florida's sandy soil) and heavy blackstrap molasses were incorporated as substrate, anaerobic soil disinfestation treatments provided good control of nutsedge and excellent control of grasses, broadleaf weeds, Phytophthora capsici and Fusarium oxysporum f.
A clerk accidently altered the sentence: "Fruit plants, tropical and semitropical" to "Fruit, plants tropical and semitropical" therefore exempting all tropical and semitropical plants from duty fees.
Effect of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer on Yield of safflower in semitropical condition.
Geckos, a type of lizard, are found in tropical and semitropical regions around the world.
Most of the world's Muslim population inhabits a tropical and semitropical expanse that stretches across Africa and Asia from the Atlantic shores of Mauritania and Morocco to the Pacific archipelagos of Indonesia and the Philippines.
Recall, for a moment, the acres of printed fabric typical of the 1950s, which often featured patterns generated from an automatic doodle, sometimes an amoebic motif of crisscrossing lines that, when allied to a fruity palette (chartreuse or papaya), evoked bright, semitropical horizons (Los Angeles, Miami) as well as a sunny suburban postwar future.
Both Australian poster and California label projected a semitropical paradise.