(2 syl.). The summer solstice is June 21st; the winter solstice
is December 22nd; so called because, on arriving at the corresponding
points of the ecliptic, the sun is stopped and made to approach the
equator again. (Latin, sol sistil or stat, the sun
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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