a bright, sunlike optical illusion caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere; sundog
Origin of parhelionClassical Latin parelion from Classical Greek par?lion from para-, beside (see para-) + h?lios, the sun: see Helios
A bright spot sometimes appearing at either side of the sun, often on a luminous ring or halo, caused by the refraction and reflection of sunlight by ice crystals suspended in the earth's atmosphere. Also called mock sun . Also called sundog .
Origin of parhelionLatin parēlion from Greek para- beside ; see para- 1. hēlios sun ; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots.
(plural parhelia or parhelions)
From Latin parelion, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÎ®Î»Î¹Î¿Î½ (parÄ“lion), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para) + á¼¥Î»Î¹Î¿Ï‚ (hÄ“lios, “sun").