Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bright spot sometimes appearing on either side of the sun, often on a luminous ring or halo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bright spot in the sky due to the refraction of the sun’s image by ice crystals.
  • n. a reflection or image

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mock sun appearing in the form of a bright light, sometimes near the sun, and tinged with colors like the rainbow, and sometimes opposite to the sun. The latter is usually called an anthelion. Often several mock suns appear at the same time. Cf. paraselene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An intensification of a circular space in a solar halo, generally in prismatic colors, sometimes dazzlingly bright.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals

Etymologies

Latin parēlion, from Greek : para-, beside; see para-1 + hēlios, sun; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin parelion, from Ancient Greek παρήλιον, from παρά + ἥλιος ("sun"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Another WeirdNet infinite loop, defining this is terms of a parhelic circle and parhelic in terms of a perhelion.

    July 24, 2008

  • "I've played the unraveler, the parhelion,
    But even Apocalypse is fleeting."
    -"The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

    November 22, 2007

  • I wasn't really confused, just not paying close enough attention. ;-) But thanks for clearing things up all the same.

    September 25, 2007

  • Reseetee, well, you shouldn't be. It's simple, really; while I had promised to not correct my misspelling for the word-that-is-the-opposite-of-perihelion, it appears that I had already corrected it auto-magically and had forgotten about it. Something Pavlovian, I would presume, in hitting the edit button.

    I have now gone back on my promise, re-re-editted the spelling to show the right misspelling, and have brought peace, prosperity and much tranquility to this thread. If you haven't been confused even more, that is.

    September 25, 2007

  • Well, I'm thorougly confused. ;-)

    September 24, 2007

  • That it is. Yes.

    This e-only dyslexia (e-slexia ?), it keeps popping up when you least expect it, doesn't it.

    (I'll leave my misspelling in tact to let folks know what we're talking about.)

    September 24, 2007

  • Isn't it aphelion? :-)

    September 24, 2007

  • This is not the same as perihelion, which in turn, is the opposite of apehelion, both of which can be generically called an apsis.

    None of which is related, but heck.

    September 24, 2007

  • See sun dog and weathergaw.

    September 23, 2007