roaring forties

noun, often capitalized R&F

Definition of roaring forties

: a tract of ocean between roughly 40 and 50 degrees latitude south characterized by strong westerly winds and rough seas also : these winds

First Known Use of roaring forties

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Roaring forties.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roaring%20forties. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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