trop·i·cal /||ˈtrɑpɪkəl, ||ˈtro ||ˈtrɑ-/
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. Rhetorically changed from its exact original sense; being of the nature of a trope; figurative; metaphorical.
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.
adj 1: relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics
(the region on either side of the equator); "tropical
islands"; "tropical fruit" [syn: tropic]
2: of or relating to the tropics, or either tropic; "tropical
3: characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes;
changed from its literal sense
4: of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics;
"tropical weather" [syn: tropic]