sundog

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sundog a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals "two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sundog A fragmentary rainbow; a small rainbow near the horizon; -- called also dog and weathergaw.
    • Sundog A luminous spot occasionally seen a few degrees from the sun, supposed to be formed by the intersection of two or more halos, or in a manner similar to that of halos.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sundog A mock sun, or parhelion.
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Usage

In literature:

Sary's wood-pile's nigh gin out, 'n there was a mighty big sundog yesterday; 'nd moreover I smell snow.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
The sundogs, too, could be seen, but, like the sun itself, they were dim and glowed rather than shone.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
It wasn't the sundog, however, but the glass that warned them.
"The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats" by James R. Mears
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In news:

A phenomenon caused by the sun reflecting off ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, commonly known as a sundog, was spotted adding color to the wispy clouds one recent evening.
I looked out the window to see if we were going to have a nice sunset tonight and saw a sundog to the left of the sun, then noticed the full halo with sundogs.
Sundog Halo Click to enlarge.
Double Sundog Delight Click to enlarge.
My son's version of the sundog.
A phenomenon caused by the sun reflecting off ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, commonly known as a sundog , was spotted adding color to the wispy clouds one recent evening.
Sundog Click to enlarge.
The world of mail- order fly fishing catalogs Dealer/Manufacturer(s): Mr. Bob's Lucky Day Lures Poppers, Sundog Chest Pack, Airflo fly lines, Sleazy.
Weatherlore says that the appearance of solar pillars , sundogs and halos may herald the coming of stormy weather in a few days.
I think it is what they call a sundog.
The world of mail-order fly fishing catalogs Dealer/Manufacturer(s): Mr. Bob's Lucky Day Lures Poppers, Sundog Chest Pack, Airflo fly lines, Sleazy.
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