Cardinal winds

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winds which blow from the cardinal points due north, south, east, or west.
See under Cardinal, a.

See also: Cardinal, Wind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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To begin with, Ovid's excursus on the cardinal winds (57-66) evokes Vergil's set piece on the cave of Aeolus in Aeneid 1.(3) And the demiurge's subsequent placement of aether ('haec super inposuit liquidum et gravitate carentem / aethera') seems to echo the action of the Vergilian Jupiter ('hoc metuens molemque et montis insuper altos / imposuit,' Aen.
15 Ovid also deviates from Vergil by treating the winds as inhabitants of the sky rather than of the Aeolian cave, and so appears to follow and expand upon the Homeric catalogue of cardinal winds at Od.