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 for tropical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Month \Month\ (m[u^]nth), n. [OE. month, moneth, AS.
     m[=o]n[eth], m[=o]na[eth]; akin to m[=o]na moon, and to D.
     maand month, G. monat, OHG. m[=a]n[=o]d, Icel. m[=a]nu[eth]r,
     m[=a]na[eth]r, Goth. m[=e]n[=o][thorn]s. [root]272. See
     Moon.]
     One of the twelve portions into which the year is divided;
     the twelfth part of a year, corresponding nearly to the
     length of a synodic revolution of the moon, -- whence the
     name. In popular use, a period of four weeks is often called
     a month.
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     Note: In the common law, a month is a lunar month, or
           twenty-eight days, unless otherwise expressed.
           --Blackstone. In the United States the rule of the
           common law is generally changed, and a month is
           declared to mean a calendar month. --Cooley's
           Blackstone.
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     A month mind.
     (a) A strong or abnormal desire. [Obs.] --Shak.
     (b) A celebration made in remembrance of a deceased person a
         month after death. --Strype.
  
     Calendar months, the months as adjusted in the common or
        Gregorian calendar; April, June, September, and November,
        containing 30 days, and the rest 31, except February,
        which, in common years, has 28, and in leap years 29.
  
     Lunar month, the period of one revolution of the moon,
        particularly a synodical revolution; but several kinds are
        distinguished, as the synodical month, or period from
        one new moon to the next, in mean length 29 d. 12 h. 44 m.
        2.87 s.; the nodical month, or time of revolution from
        one node to the same again, in length 27 d. 5 h. 5 m. 36
        s.; the sidereal, or time of revolution from a star to
        the same again, equal to 27 d. 7 h. 43 m. 11.5 s.; the
        anomalistic, or time of revolution from perigee to
        perigee again, in length 27 d. 13 h. 18 m. 37.4 s.; and
        the tropical, or time of passing from any point of the
        ecliptic to the same again, equal to 27 d. 7 h. 43 m. 4.7
        s.
  
     Solar month, the time in which the sun passes through one
        sign of the zodiac, in mean length 30 d. 10 h. 29 m. 4.1
        s.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tropical \Trop"ic*al\, a. [Cf. L. tropicus of turning, Gr. ?.
     See Tropic, n.]
     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.
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     2. [From Trope.] Rhetorically changed from its exact
        original sense; being of the nature of a trope;
        figurative; metaphorical. --Jer. Taylor.
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              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.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tropical
      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: tropical,
             tropic]
      2: of or relating to the tropics, or either tropic; "tropical
         year"
      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: tropical, tropic]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  27 Moby Thesaurus words for "tropical":
     aestival, blood-hot, blood-warm, calid, equatorial, genial, hot,
     luke, lukewarm, mild, room-temperature, subtropical, sultry,
     summery, sunny, sunshiny, temperate, tepid, thermal, thermic,
     toasty, torrid, tropic, unfrozen, warm, warm as toast, warmish
  
  

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