parhelion

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin parelion, from Ancient Greek παρήλιον (parēlion), from παρά (para) + ἥλιος (hēlios, sun).

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  • IPA(key): /pɑːˈhiːlɪən/

NounEdit

parhelion (plural parhelia or parhelions)

  1. A bright spot in the sky due to the refraction of the sun’s image by ice crystals.
  2. a reflection or image
    • 1962, Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
      The short (166 lines) Canto One, with all those amusing birds and parhelia, occupies thirteen cards.

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Last modified on 3 January 2014, at 12:08