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A personification of a wind, usually appearing outside a map and blowing inwards. Derived from the classical wind roses designed by Aristotle, which preceded the compass rose. The wind roses had 12 directions: Boreas (N), Meses (NNE), Caecias (NE), Apeliotes (E), Eurus (SE), Orthonotus (SSE), Notus (S), Leuconotus (SSW), Lips (SW), Zephyrus (W), Iapyx (NW) and Thracias (NNW). The winds on maps are important because they influence navigation by sea, as well as the weather.

Preview of Crivelli world map, with 11 Windheads around the outside of the map