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subtropical adj : of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics; "even near the equator vegetation at 5000 ft is subtropical rather than tropical" [syn: subtropic, semitropical, semitropic]

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  1. Pertaining to the regions of the Earth further from the equator than the tropical regions.


further from the equator than the tropical regions

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The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone, which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, at latitude 23.5 ° north and south. The term 'subtropical' describes the climatic region found adjacent to the tropics, usually between 20 and 35 degrees latitude in both hemispheres, but occasionally found at slightly higher latitudes.
In subtropical climates the winters are relatively warm, but not as hot as the summer season. These climates rarely - if ever - see frost or snow, and plants such as palm, citrus and many broadleaf evergreens flourish, in contrast to the hardier deciduous and coniferous trees which dominate midlatitude climates. As one moves toward the tropical side the slight winter cool season disappears altogether, while at the polar threshold of the subtropics the winters become much cooler.
Rainfall patterns vary widely throughout the subtropics including hot deserts, savannas, monsoon forests, humid forests and the warmer parts of the Mediterranean climate zone. Subtropical regions include the southern third of California (Mediterranean type), the low deserts of the Southwest USA (hot arid type), the Gulf Coast and most of Florida (humid type), the southern Mediterranean and northern Sahara, northern India (monsoon), southeast China (humid), the middle part of South America (varied), and much of Australia (varied). Example of subtropical cities and areas include:

Subtropical flora

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subtropical in Bosnian: Suptropi
subtropical in Czech: Subtropický podnebný pás
subtropical in Danish: Subtropisk
subtropical in German: Subtropen
subtropical in Spanish: Clima subtropical
subtropical in Esperanto: Subtropiko
subtropical in Galician: Clima subtropical
subtropical in Korean: 아열대 기후
subtropical in Croatian: Suptropi
subtropical in Indonesian: Subtropis
subtropical in Italian: Clima subtropicale
subtropical in Hebrew: סובטרופי
subtropical in Lithuanian: Subtropikai
subtropical in Dutch: Subtropisch klimaat
subtropical in Japanese: 亜熱帯
subtropical in Polish: Klimat zwrotnikowy
subtropical in Portuguese: Clima subtropical
subtropical in Russian: Субтропики
subtropical in Finnish: Subtrooppinen vyöhyke
subtropical in Vietnamese: Cận nhiệt đới
subtropical in Chinese: 亚热带
subtropical in Turkish: Subtropikal iklim

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aestival, blood-hot, blood-warm, calid, equatorial, genial, luke, lukewarm, mild, room-temperature, summery, sunny, sunshiny, temperate, tepid, thermal, thermic, toasty, tropical, unfrozen, warm, warm as toast, warmish
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