parhelion

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noun par·he·lion \pär-ˈhēl-yən\

Definition of parhelion

plural

parhelia

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  1. :  any of several bright spots often tinged with color that often appear on the parhelic circle —called also sun dog

parhelic

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Origin and Etymology of parhelion

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


First Known Use: 1647


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