Definition of Sundog

1. Noun. A bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals. "Two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"

Exact synonyms: Mock Sun, Parhelion
Generic synonyms: Dapple, Fleck, Maculation, Patch, Speckle, Spot
Derivative terms: Parhelic



Definition of Sundog

1. n. A luminous spot occasionally seen a few degrees from the sun, supposed to be formed by the intersection of two or more halos, or in a manner similar to that of halos.

2. n. A fragmentary rainbow; a small rainbow near the horizon; -- called also dog and weathergaw.

Definition of Sundog

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of sun dog) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sundog

1. a small rainbow [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sundog

sunderance
sundered
sunderer
sunderers
sundering
sunderling
sunders
sundew
sundew family
sundew plant
sundews
sundial
sundial lupine
sundials
sundiusite
sundog (current term)
sundogs
sundown
sundown syndrome
sundowned
sundowner
sundowner's syndrome
sundowner syndrome
sundowners
sundowners syndrome
sundowning
sundowns
sundra
sundras
sundrenched

Literary usage of Sundog

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1. Labrador: A Sketch of Its Peoples, Its Industries and Its Natural History by Winfrid Alden Stearns (1884)
"The weather — Beluga borealis and other huge Animals — A sundog — Birds — The Rusty Blackbird ... sundog ..."

2. Labrador: A Sketch of Its Peoples, Its Industries and Its Natural History by Winfrid Alden Stearns (1884)
"The weather — Beluga borealis and other huge Animals — A sundog— Birds—The Rusty Blackbird ... sundog ..."

3. Poems Obiter by Robert Elijah Lee Smith (1914)
"THE sundog Talkin' of weather! The sundog An' pollywog Pullin' together Spell the whole thing; Give Old Prob. Odds on the job An' skin the ring. ..."

4. Poems by Thomas William Parsons (1893)
"Of those who, dazzled by some sundog's ray. "sundog"is a word hardly known in England; but in New England is applied to the luminous counterfeit of the sun ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1889)
"For some time before the sun neared the horizon it had been surrounded by a halo of rainbow colours—a " sundog," as it is called, which always presages wind ..."

6. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs by William Morris (1877)
"... yet bright his visage glowed : Cloud-blue was the hood upon him, and his kirtle gleaming-grey As the latter morning sundog when the storm is on the way: ..."

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