from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bright spot sometimes appearing on either side of the sun, often on a luminous ring or halo.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bright spot in the sky due to the refraction of the sun’s image by ice crystals.
- n. a reflection or image
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mock sun appearing in the form of a bright light, sometimes near the sun, and tinged with colors like the rainbow, and sometimes opposite to the sun. The latter is usually called an anthelion. Often several mock suns appear at the same time. Cf. paraselene.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intensification of a circular space in a solar halo, generally in prismatic colors, sometimes dazzlingly bright.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
Ren Junchuan/Xinhua via Zuma Press SUN'S EDGES: A bright ring or 'halo' around the sun, called parhelion, was seen in Mongolia Tuesday.
The Nibiru explanations on the reacent Photos are Sun dog A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, for "beside the sun".
At 5 a.m. a beautiful parhelion formed around the sun.
This vision, which in all probability was only a parhelion, exaggerated by
I do not always know him in these cases as my own parhelion.
If you look at a picture of a parhelion by Wilson not only can you be sure that the mock suns, circles and shafts appeared in the sky as they are shown on paper, but you can also rest assured that the number of degrees between, say, the sun and the outer ring of light were in fact such as he has represented them.
During the afternoon, the sun occasionally gleamed through a tract of cirro-stratus cloud and there was a very fine parhelion: signs of an approaching blizzard.
We forget that the power which sets the parhelion flaming in the sunset, and calls the straying comet back from the bounds of the dark, also puts the orange underwing to sleep in her chrysalis cradle, while the flower she loves best is prepared for her.
The weather became fairly thick soon after noon, and at the end of the afternoon there was considerable drift with a mist caused by ice crystals and parhelion.
They stood a little while silently gazing at the beautiful parhelion; Charlotte, her friend, and Anne clustered together, Emily a little higher, standing on a heathery knoll.