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sun dog

Definition:

a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

sun dogs

Type of:

spot » marking » design » decoration

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"mock sun, parhelion", of obscure origin.
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Sun dog | sundog | parhelion | parhelia | mock sun | phantom sun

from Greek παρήλιον, meaning "beside the sun"; from παρά, meaning "beside", and ἥλιος, meaning "sun", also called a mock sun or a phantom sun, is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a... (40 of 1558 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Sun dog

Sun dog (disambiguation)

also: sundog (scientific name: parhelion), an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun. | The Sun Dog, a short story by Stephen King. | The Sun-Dog Trail, a short ... (44 of 181 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Sun dog (disambiguation)

Wiktionary:

sun dog | sun dogs [plural] | sundog | mock sun [synonym] | parhelion [synonym] | sundogs [plural]

Either of two bright spots, caused by the refraction of sunlight through ice crystals, sometimes seen on the parhelic circle. (20 of 21 words, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sun dog

Oxford Dictionary:

parhelion | parhelia [plural] | mock sun [synonym] | sun dog [synonym]

a bright spot in the sky appearing on either side of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals high in the atmosphere (25 of 63 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/parhelion

Merriam-Webster:

sun dog | parhelion [synonym, sense-specific]

"parhelion" | a small nearly round halo on the parhelic circle most frequently just outside the halo of 22 degrees (19 of 35 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sun dog

Collins Dictionary:

parhelion | parhelia [plural] | mock sun [synonym] | sundog [synonym]

one of several bright spots on the parhelic circle or solar halo, caused by the diffraction of light by ice crystals in the atmosphere, especially ... (25 of 250 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/parhelion

Random House Dictionary:

parhelion [meteorology] | parhelia [plural] | sundog [synonym] | mock sun

a bright circular spot on a solar halo; a mock sun: usually one of two or more such spots seen on opposite sides of the sun, and often accompanied by ... (30 of 52 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/parhelion

American Heritage Dictionary:

parhelion | parhelia [plural] | mock sun | parhelic [adjective, related]

A bright spot sometimes appearing on either side of the sun, often on a luminous ring or halo. (18 of 48 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/parhelion

Britannica Encyclopedia:

parhelion [atmospheric science] | Mock Sun, or Sun Dog [synonym]

atmospheric optical phenomenon appearing in the sky as luminous spots 22° on each side of the Sun and at the same elevation as the Sun. Usually, the ... (27 of 144 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/443546​/parhelion

Columbia Encyclopedia:

halo | anthelion | parhelion

in meteorology, short-lived circles or arcs, and less commonly spikes and crosses, of colored or whitish light surrounding the moon or sun or in ... (24 of 253 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/weather​/A​0822475​.html

New World Dictionary:

parhelion | parhelia [plural] | sundog

a bright, sunlike optical illusion caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere; sundog (17 of 41 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/parhelion

Cambridge Dictionary:

speckle

a very small mark of a different colour from the surface on which it's found, and which is usually found with a large number of other marks of the ... (29 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/speckle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

speckle [countable, plural] | speckles [plural]

one of a number of small spots or marks on a surface (12 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/speckle

Encarta Dictionary:

parhelion | parhelia [plural] | mock sun [astronomy] | mock suns [astronomy, plural]

a bright colored spot near the Sun, often seen in pairs and caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere diffracting light (21 of 53 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723820​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

sundog

First use: 1650s

Origin: "mock sun, parhelion", of obscure origin.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sundog

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

sundog

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sundog"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sundog

the Free Dictionary:

sundog

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sundog"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sundog"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sundog" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sundog

YourDictionary Audio:

sundog

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sundog" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sundog

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