[ soh-this ]
/ ˈsoʊ θɪs /


the name for the star Sirius, the Dog Star, given by the ancient Egyptians.

Origin of Sothis

< Greek Sṓthis < Egyptian spdt
Related formsSo·thic [soh-thik, soth-ik] /ˈsoʊ θɪk, ˈsɒθ ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sothic (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsəʊθɪk, ˈsɒθ-) /


relating to the star Sirius or to the rising of this star

Word Origin for Sothic

C19: from Greek Sōthis, from Egyptian, name of Sirius

British Dictionary definitions for sothic (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsəʊθɪs) /


another name for Sirius

Word Origin for Sothis

Greek; see Sothic
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Word Origin and History for sothic



as in Sothic cycle, a period of 1,460 years, 1828, from French Sothique, from Greek Sothis, an Egyptian name of the star Sirius. The Sothic year is determined by the heliacal rising of Sirius.

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