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acacia a tree that grows in tropical areas of the world, especially in parts of Africa and Australia. The branches of an acacia spread out very wide and evenly across the top. Sometimes the top of the tree looks almost flat.
avocado a tropical American fruit shaped like a pear. It has a green or black skin and a yellowish green pulp.
balsa a tree of tropical America, whose wood is very light in weight. [1/2 definitions]
bamboo a tropical grass plant that has hard, woody, hollow stalks. Bamboo stalks grow straight and tall, and very quickly. Many kinds of bamboo grow as high as a tree. [1/2 definitions]
banana a long, curved fruit that has a thick yellow skin. It grows in bunches on a tall tropical plant.
begonia a tropical plant with bright flowers in many colors. The leaves are often streaked or spotted.
boa constrictor a large snake that lives in the tropical areas of Central and South America. Boa constrictors are pale brown with darker marks and are not poisonous. They kill their prey by winding around it and squeezing it until it cannot breathe.
caiman a large reptile that is related to the crocodile and alligator. Caimans live in tropical areas of North and South America.
cashew a tropical American evergreen tree. A gum used in medicine is obtained from the bark. [1/2 definitions]
chili the pod of a tropical pepper plant. Chili has a strong, sharp flavor. [1/2 definitions]
chili pepper the pod of a tropical pepper plant. A chili pepper has a strong, sharp flavor that makes food spicy when it is added to it.
cinnamon a spice made from the dried bark of a tropical Asian tree. [1/2 definitions]
coconut a tropical palm tree that bears large seeds that can be eaten; coconut tree; coconut palm. [1/2 definitions]
coffee a tropical plant that produces beans. These beans are used to make a dark brown drink. [1/2 definitions]
coral the hard skeleton of tiny sea animals called corals. Most kinds of corals live in warm tropical oceans, and their thousands of skeletons form reefs and atolls. [1/3 definitions]
crocodile a large reptile that is found in tropical swamps. It has a thick, tough skin, a long tail, and a long, pointed snout.
ebony a hard black wood that comes from tropical Asian trees. [1/3 definitions]
flamingo a large, tropical, wading bird with very long legs, a long neck, and bright pink or red feathers.
gecko a small lizard with soft skin that eats insects. The gecko has a short body and large head and can climb walls and trees. It is found in tropical areas.
ginger the root of a tropical plant, used as a spice to flavor food. [1/2 definitions]
guava a tropical American tree that bears white flowers and fruit that can be eaten. [1/2 definitions]