Horse Latitudes Definition

Either of two belts over the oceans at c. 30°-35° north and south latitude, characterized by calms, light wind, high barometric pressure, and hot, dry weather.
Webster's New World
Either of two belts of latitudes located over the oceans at about 30° to 35° north and south, having high barometric pressure, calms, and light, changeable winds.
American Heritage
Alternative form of horse latitudes.

Origin of Horse Latitudes

  • Possibly from Spanish golfo de las yeguas mares' sea

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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