plural anthelia
or anthelions
: the brightish white halolike spot appearing occasionally on the parhelic circle opposite the sun

called also antisun, countersun

Word History


Greek anthēlion, from neuter of anthēlios, alteration of antēlios opposite the sun, from anti- anti- entry 1 + hēlios sun

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthelion was in 1670

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“Anthelion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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