parhelic circle


Definition of parhelic circle

: a luminous circle or halo parallel to the horizon at the altitude of the sun

called also parhelic ring

Examples of parhelic circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The glowing slash, known as a parhelic circle, often only shows up in segments, but sometimes can present as a full circle in the sky. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of parhelic circle

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Parhelic circle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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