parhelion


par·he·lion

noun \pär-ˈhēl-yən\
plural par·he·lia\-yə\

Definition of PARHELION

:  any of several bright spots often tinged with color that often appear on the parhelic circle —called also sun dog
par·he·lic \-ˈhē-lik\ adjective

Origin of PARHELION

Latin parelion, from Greek parēlion, from para- + hēlios sun — more at solar
First Known Use: 1647

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