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roaring forties

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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The middle latitudes of the southern hemisphere. So called from the boisterous and prevailing westerly winds, which are especially strong in the South Indian Ocean up to 50° S.
  • intransitive v. a sailor's name for the stormy tract of ocean between 40° and 50° north latitude.

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