Meaning of parhelic circle

parhe'lic cir'cle

Pronunciation: [key]
— Meteorol. Meteorol.
  1. a white, horizontal band passing through the sun, either incomplete or extending around the horizon, produced by the reflection of the sun's rays from the vertical faces of ice prisms in the atmosphere. Also called
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