noun (plural parhelia) Etymology: Latin parelion, from Greek parēlion, from para- + hēlios sun — more at solar Date: 1647 any of several bright spots often tinged with color that often appear on the parhelic circle — called also sun dogparhelic adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Parhelion — Par*hel ion, n.; pl. {Parhelia}. [L. parelion, Gr. ?, ?; para beside + ? the sun.] A mock sun appearing in the form of a bright light, sometimes near the sun, and tinged with colors like the rainbow, and sometimes opposite to the sun. The latter… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parhelion — (n.) 1640s, from Gk. parelion a mock sun, from para beside (see PARA (Cf. para )) + helios sun (see SOL (Cf. sol)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • parhelion — [pärhē′lē ən, pärhēl′yən] n. pl. parhelia [pär hē′lēə, pärhēl′yə] [L parelion < Gr parēlion < para , beside (see PARA 1) + hēlios, the sun: see HELIOS] a bright, sunlike optical illusion caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in… …   English World dictionary

  • Parhelion — Beidseitige Nebensonne Nebensonnen sind Haloerscheinungen die in einem Abstand von rund 22° links oder rechts, manchmal auch beidseitig, neben der Sonne auftreten. Es erscheint dabei so, als ob sich neben der Sonne eine zweite, schwächere… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • parhelion — parhelic, parheliacal /pahr hi luy euh keuhl/, adj. /pahr hee lee euhn, heel yeuhn/, n., pl. parhelia / hee lee euh, heel yeuh/. Meteorol. a bright circular spot on a solar halo; a mock sun: usually one of two or more such spots seen on opposite… …   Universalium

  • parhelion — noun /pɑːˈhiːlɪən/ a) A bright spot in the sky due to the refraction of the sun’s image by ice crystals. The short (166 lines) Canto One, with all those amusing birds and parhelia, occupies thirteen cards. b) a reflection or image Syn …   Wiktionary

  • parhelion —    see halo …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • Parhelion — Nebensonne …   Universal-Lexikon

  • parhelion — par·he·li·on || pÉ‘r hɪːlɪən /pɑː n. mock sun, pseudo sun, imaginary sun …   English contemporary dictionary

  • parhelion — [pα: hi:lɪən] noun (plural parhelia lɪə) a bright spot in the sky on either side of the sun, formed by refraction. Derivatives parhelic adjective Origin C17: from L. parelion, from Gk para beside + hēlios sun …   English new terms dictionary

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