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roaring forties

noun
1.
either of two areas in the ocean between 40° and 50° N or S latitude, noted for high winds and rough seas.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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Roaring Forties

plural noun
1.
(nautical) the Roaring Forties, the areas of ocean between 40° and 50° latitude in the S Hemisphere, noted for gale-force winds
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roaring forties

areas between latitudes 40 and 50 south in the Southern Hemisphere, where the prevailing winds blow persistently from the west. The roaring forties have strong, often gale-force, winds throughout the year. They were named by the sailors who first entered these latitudes.

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