Sothic
Sothiac So"thi*ac, Sothic Soth"ic, a. Of or pertaining to Sothis, the Egyptian name for the Dog Star; taking its name from the Dog Star; canicular. [1913 Webster]

{Sothiac year}, or {Sothic year} (Chronol.), the Egyptian year of 365 days and 6 hours, as distinguished from the Egyptian vague year, which contained 365 days. The Sothic period consists of 1,460 Sothic years, being equal to 1,461 vague years. One of these periods ended in July, a. d. 139. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sothic — [sō′thik, säth′ik] adj. 〚Gr Sōthiakos < Sōthis, the Dog Star < Egypt Spdt〛 1. of or having to do with Sirius, the Dog Star 2. designating or of an ancient Egyptian cycle or period based on a fixed year of 3651/ 4 days (Sothic year) and equal to 1 …   Universalium

  • Sothic — as in Sothic cycle, a period of 1,460 years, from Fr. Sothique, from Gk. Sothis, an Egyptian name of the star Sirius …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sothic — [sō′thik, säth′ik] adj. [Gr Sōthiakos < Sōthis, the Dog Star < Egypt Spdt] 1. of or having to do with Sirius, the Dog Star 2. designating or of an ancient Egyptian cycle or period based on a fixed year of 3651/ 4 days (Sothic year) and… …   English World dictionary

  • Sothic — [ səʊθɪk, sɒθ ] adjective relating to or denoting an ancient Egyptian calendric system based on the heliacal rising of Sirius. Origin C19: from Gk Sōthis (from an Egyptian name of Sirius) + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • sothic — so·thic …   English syllables

  • Sothic — /ˈsoʊθɪk/ (say sohthik), /ˈsɒθɪk/ (say sothik) adjective of Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the heavens. {Greek Sothis, Egyptian name for Sirius1 + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sothic — adj. of or relating to the dog star, esp. with ref. to the ancient Egyptian year fixed by its heliacal rising. Etymology: Gk Sothis f. the Egypt. name of the dog star …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sothic period — or Sothic cycle noun A period of 1460 years, after which the beginning of the Egyptian year of 365 days again coincides with the beginning of the Sothic year, which was reckoned from the heliacal rising of Sirius • • • Main Entry: ↑Sothic * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sothic cycle — The Sothic cycle or Canicular period is a period of 1461 ancient Egyptian years (of 365 days each) or 1460 Julian years (averaging 365.25 days each). During a Sothic cycle, the 365 day year loses enough time that the start of the year once again… …   Wikipedia

  • sothic cycle — noun Usage: usually capitalized S : a period of 1460 Sothic years in the ancient Egyptian calendar being the time required for the beginning of the vague year of 365 days to return to its original place in relation to the sun after retrogressing… …   Useful english dictionary

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