parhelion

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin parelion, from Ancient Greek παρήλιον (parḗlion), from παρά (pará) + ἥλιος (hḗlios, sun).

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  • IPA(key): /pɑːˈhiːlɪən/

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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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