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sun dog (also sundog |ˈsənˌdôg|)nounanother term for parhelion.
parhelion |pärˈhēlēən; -ˈhēlyən|noun ( pl. -helia |-ˈhēlēə|)a bright spot in the sky appearing on either side of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals high in the earth's atmosphere. Also called sun dog .ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin parelion, fromGreek para- ‘beside’ + hēlios ‘sun.’