Just to prove once again how influential the Sun has been on mankind we looked up some things that had the word "Sun" in their names. Here are just a few we would like to share with you.
Sunbelt - Any of the southern and southwestern states of the United States.
Sunbird - The small brilliantly colored singing birds of the tropical Old World that sort of resemble hummingbirds.
Sunbonnet - A bonnet for ladies with a wide brim framing the face. It has a ruffle at the back of the neck to protect from the Sun.
Sunday Punch - A knockout punch in a boxing match.
Sun deck - The upper deck of a ship that is exposed to the most Sun.
Sunder - To break or tear apart.
Sundew - A small, insectivorous plant with red edged leaves. Each leaf has about 100 tiny tentacles, each has a drop of sticky, enzyme-containing material that attracts insects. When an insect touches a tentacle, the other tentacles move and trap it in place. Enzymes digest trapped insects. Secretion does not take place when inorganic substances are imprisoned however.
Sundial - An instrument used to show what time of day it is by the shadow of a gnomon on a horizontal surface.
Sundisk - An ancient Near Eastern symbol made of a disk with wings on it. It is also the symbol of the Egyptian sun god Ra.
Sundown - Sunset
Sundowner - A man who arrives just in time to miss the work and eat the food. This term originated in Australia.
Sundress - A dress with a top that exposes the shoulders, arms and back.
Sundry - Various or miscellaneous.
Sunfish - If there was a vote taken for which fish was the strangest the Sunfish would probably win. It is named for its habit of laying on its back near the surface to "Sunbathe". It is rather squarish, missing a tail, and its fins are in the wrong place! It's weight has been recorded at up to two tons and it inhabits all of the tropical seas.
Sunflower - The Sunflower is named for its ability to track the Sun throughout the day. There are 67 species of Sunflowers. The Sunflower is not one flower, but a cluster of more then 2000 tiny flowers growing together. A Sunflower's head can grow to be as big as 2 feet across and the plant itself can be as tall as 18 feet.
Sun-grebe - Any one of several tropical American and African birds related to the cranes and herons.
Sun lamp - An electric lamp designed to emit radiation at wavelengths varying from ultraviolet to infrared.
Sunless - Without Sun.
Sunny-side up - An egg fried on one side only.
Sunn - A plant with small branches, plain green leaves and yellow flowers.
Sun parlor - A glass-enclosed porch or living room that when in the Sun for a long time heats up.
Sun Seeker - A person who travels to and area of warmth in the winter.
Sun River - This river is located in northwest-central Montana, U.S. It rises from the Flathead National Forest near the Continental Divide, and flows south-east into the Missouri River at Great Falls. It is approximately 130 miles (209 km) long. The Sun River irrigation project includes a system of dams and reservoirs on branches of the main stream.
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