parhelic circle


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

called also parhelic ring

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parhelic circle was in 1886

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“Parhelic circle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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