Pronunciation: (kēr"ē-bä'tē, kēr'u-bas"), [key]
a republic in the central Pacific Ocean, on the equator, comprising 33 islands. 56,000; 263 sq. mi. (681 sq. km). Cap.: Tarawa. Formerly, Gilbert Islands.
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