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

parhelic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parhelion was in 1571

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“Parhelion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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