Definition of subtropics in English:


plural noun

the subtropics
  • The regions adjacent to or bordering on the tropics.

    • ‘My favourite subjects are exotic birds, bold flowers and the lush plantlife of the tropics and the subtropics.’
    • ‘These bats are found in the Old World tropics and subtropics: Central Africa, South Asia, the Malay region, Philippines and Australia.’
    • ‘Rosella seedlings are available through local nurseries from September onwards in the subtropics or during the dry season in tropical regions.’
    • ‘It is extensively cultivated in marginal rainfall areas of the tropics and subtropics, and selected varieties are widely grown in temperate climates.’
    • ‘While lemons are the major acid citrus fruits in the subtropics, limes are the most prominent in tropical regions.’
    • ‘Members of the family are unusual aquatic angiosperms growing on rocks in rapids and waterfalls in the world's tropics and subtropics.’
    • ‘Transfusion-induced malaria continues its resurgence throughout much of the tropics and subtropics.’
    • ‘This vine, native to tropical South America, thrives throughout the tropics and subtropics and is probably the best known of the ones listed here.’
    • ‘The genus is confined to the tropics and subtropics, with 22 species occurring in the Americas and 12 species found in Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East.’
    • ‘Barnes found that the amount of garbage, particularly plastic, floating in the ocean has enabled travel by marine species to roughly double in the subtropics and more than triple at high latitudes.’
    • ‘During the latter part of the last century, the cultivation of maize, which originated in the subtropics, has been extended to higher latitudes.’
    • ‘On the other flank of the depressions cold air is moving from high levels at high latitudes and slowly subsiding as it is carried towards the subtropics.’
    • ‘They love the subtropics and many are unsuitable to let loose in a home garden; unruly types like bougainvillea, cat's claw creeper, Jasminum polyanthum and potato vine run like rockets up the nearest tree if not regularly hacked back.’
    • ‘Whereas cranberries insist on being grown in cooler climates such as those found in their native North America, blueberries thrive in the subtropics and produce fruit over many weeks through summer and autumn.’
    • ‘One of my favourite climbers for the subtropics is star jasmine because of its pretty white flowers and delicious perfume.’
    • ‘It is located in the subtropics on the western third of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean, which it shares with the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic.’
    • ‘Peace lilies have long enjoyed popularity as an indoor plant, but here in the subtropics they make great understorey plants for shady outdoor spots, either in the ground or in pots.’
    • ‘Parsley is the one exception to this rule that we should be aware of however, as it's possible to get two years good production from each parsley plant, even in the subtropics.’
    • ‘I am afraid that coming from the subtropics we simply are not prepared for cold weather.’
    • ‘These are in the outer Northern Hemisphere subtropics.’