Why Are Sundogs Called Sundogs?


Sundog are large noticeable circles around the sun on very cold days. Sundogs, also known as parhelia, are formed by hexagonal shaped ice crystals high in the cirrus clouds that occur worldwide. They are often red coloured towards the sun and sometimes have greens and blues, can be blindingly bright and at other times just a mere coloured smudge on the sky.
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[suhn-dawg, -dog]
a small or incomplete rainbow.
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