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- n. The region, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, characterised by a hot and humid climate; the tropics.
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- adj. that space or board belt of the earth, included between the tropics, over which the sun is vertical at some period of every year, and the heat is always great.
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- n. the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by a hot climate
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The ancients, who had a very faint and imperfect knowledge of the great peninsula of Africa, were sometimes tempted to believe, that the torrid zone must ever remain destitute of inhabitants; 126 and they sometimes amused their fancy by filling the vacant space with headless men, or rather monsters; 127 with horned and cloven-footed satyrs; 128 with fabulous centaurs; 129 and with human pygmies, who waged a bold and doubtful warfare against the cranes.
Their dominions were bounded by the Adriatic and the Tigris; and the whole interval of twenty-five days’ navigation, which separated the extreme cold of Scythia from the torrid zone of
Botany is an active science, and the discoveries of the torrid zone might enrich the herbal of Dioscorides with two thousand plants.