Etymology
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tropical (adj.)

1520s, "pertaining to the celestial tropics," from tropic + -al (1). In reference to the torrid zones of the earth, from 1690s. Meaning "hot and lush like the climate of the tropics" is first attested 1834.

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Definitions of tropical

tropical (adj.)
relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator);
tropical fruit
tropical islands
Synonyms: tropic
tropical (adj.)
of or relating to the tropics, or either tropic;
tropical year
tropical (adj.)
characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense;
tropical (adj.)
of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics;
tropical weather
Synonyms: tropic
From wordnet.princeton.edu