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Sothis

[soh-this]
noun
  1. the name for the star Sirius, the Dog Star, given by the ancient Egyptians.
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Origin of Sothis

< Greek Sṓthis < Egyptian spdt
Related formsSo·thic [soh-thik, soth-ik] /ˈsoʊ θɪk, ˈsɒθ ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of sothic

  • To what Sothic cycle are these 443 years or xv generations said to belong?

    Tradition

    John Francis Arundell

  • The greatest aid in fixing Egyptian chronology is the Sothic Cycle.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

  • It is this Sothic period which Manetho has employed in his account of Egyptian history.

  • An illustration will show how the Sothic cycle helps in determining dates.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

  • This period, measured thus by the heliacal rising of Sothis, is spoken of as the Sothic cycle.


British Dictionary definitions for sothic

Sothic

adjective
  1. relating to the star Sirius or to the rising of this star
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Word Origin for Sothic

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

Sothis

noun
  1. another name for Sirius
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Word Origin for Sothis

Greek; see Sothic
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Word Origin and History for sothic

Sothic

adj.

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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