parhelion

noun
par·​he·​lion | \ pär-ˈhēl-yən How to pronounce parhelion (audio) \
plural parhelia\ pär-​ˈhēl-​yə How to pronounce parhelion (audio) \ or parhelions

Definition of parhelion

: any of several bright spots often tinged with color that often appear on the parhelic circle on either side of the sun

called also sun dog

Other Words from parhelion

parhelic \ pär-​ˈhē-​lik How to pronounce parhelion (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of parhelion

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parhelion

Latin parelion, from Greek parēlion, from para- + hēlios sun — more at solar

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“Parhelion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parhelion. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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