Horse-latitudes meaning

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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.
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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.
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Either of two regions of the globe, found over the oceans about 30 degrees north and south of the equator, where winds are light and the weather is hot and dry. They are associated with high atmospheric pressure and with the large-scale descent of cool dry air that spreads either toward the equator, as the trade winds, or toward the poles, as the westerlies.
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Alternative form of horse latitudes.
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Origin of horse-latitudes

  • Possibly from Spanish golfo de las yeguas mares' sea

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