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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 island was mountain-shaped, encompassing a stratified spectrum of climatic zones—a tropical zone near the base, a temperate zone farther up, a polar zone surrounding the summit.