bishop's ring

noun (1)
\ ˈbishəps- \

Definition of bishop's ring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a ring worn by bishops on the third finger of the right hand signifying that the bishop is wedded to the church

Bishop's ring

noun (2)

Definition of Bishop's ring (Entry 2 of 2)

: a faint reddish brown corona due to the sun's shining through fine dust in the atmosphere

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History and Etymology for bishop's ring

Noun (2)

after Sereno E. Bishop †1909 American missionary in Hawaii, who first explained it

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