- the name for the star Sirius, the Dog Star, given by the ancient Egyptians.
Origin of Sothis
< Greek Sṓthis < Egyptian spdt
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Examples from the Web for 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.
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.
This period, measured thus by the heliacal rising of Sothis, is spoken of as the Sothic cycle.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)
Henry Smith Williams
- relating to the star Sirius or to the rising of this star
C19: from Greek Sōthis, from Egyptian, name of Sirius
- another name for Sirius
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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