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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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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.
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.
Modern influences including the European international style and the works of Frank Lloyd Wright were interpreted by up-and-coming architects (including Paul Rudolph, Gene Leedy, Victor Lundy and others) to fit the semitropical environment, typically employing wide roof overhangs for shade, expanses of glass to blend the indoors and outdoors, and site placement that made the most of sea breezes.
Imagine Capri without the jet lag: Los Angeles' own semitropical island is just offshore.
Known hereinafter as the Atala butterfly, it was once called "the most conspicuous insect in semitropical Florida" (Schwartz 1888) but had become rare, perhaps extinct, by the mid-1930s (Klots 1951; Smith et al.
Although this disease is generally a rare disorder that occurs mainly in tropical and semitropical areas, the World Health Organization recorded 219,075 new leprosy cases globally in 2011, and 439,670 new cases were reported in the Western Hemisphere over the past decade (2,3).
These events may have initiated the interest of San Lorenzo's farmers to cultivate maize in this semitropical valley, which gave rise economic development and the appearance of an administrative center.
Malaria, a disease eliminated in temperate climates with mosquito eradication programs, remains widespread in the tropical and semitropical climates.
Comparison on plastic mulch and baregroun production and economics for short-day onion in a semitropical environment.
caribaea for adaptation to a wide variety of terrains and its fast growth may be ideally suited for its use as a sun energy collector in reforestation programs for tropical and semitropical lands in regions of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
El clima es calido, semitropical y muy humedo; de otro lado tambien suele ser seco y frio debido a la altura de los cerros, que varian entre 1 000 y 2 000 metros.
Water hyacinths, a semitropical exotic, float and form rafts that move with the wind, at times covering acres of water.