1. [syn: parhelion, mock sun, sundog]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Parhelion \Par*hel"ion\, n.; pl. Parhelia. [L. parelion, Gr.
?, ?; para` beside + ? the sun.]
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction
by ice crystals; "two or more parhelia are usually seen at
once" [syn: parhelion, mock sun, sundog]