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  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

  • The twelve months completed, a new year began, whose birth was heralded by the rising of Sothis in the early days of August.

    History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

    G. Maspero

  • This was based upon the heliacal rising of Sirius (Sothis) coincident with the beginning of the inundation.

  • Their year originally began when the rapid rising of the Nile coincided with the rising of the star Sirius, called by them Sothis.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

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

  • The Egyptians worshipped the star as Sothis, and it was believed to be the abode of the soul of Isis.

British Dictionary definitions for sothis


  1. another name for Sirius
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Word Origin

Greek; see Sothic
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