noun (plural parhelia pɑːˈhiːlɪə)
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. Also called mock sun, sun dog.
Mid 17th century: from Latin parelion, from Greek para- 'beside' + hēlios 'sun'.
The family dog lay in the sun, failing to notice the sun dog, parhelion
, sharing the sky with his source of warmth. Instead, his feet twitched as he dreamed of chasing a squirrel. Of course, the sun dog didn't notice him, either.
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