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Monday, June 19, 2017

Definitions for sundog

  1. a bright circular spot on a solar halo; parhelion.
  2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

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Citations for sundog
Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn't self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject. When I see a moon-bow or a sundog, I usually just say “Wow!” or “Hey!” Robert Macfarlane, "The word-hoard:Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape," The Guardian, February 27, 2015
Menzel ... proposed that it was merely a sundog that Harris and the others were observing, and this was subsequently adopted as the official explanation. , Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects: Hearings Before the Committee on Science and Astronautics U.S. House of Representatives Ninetieth Congress, Second Session, July 29, 1968
Origin of sundog
1625-1635
Sundog was first recorded in 1625–35. Its origin is uncertain.
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