anthelion

noun ant·he·li·on \(ˈ)ant¦hēlyən, (ˈ)an¦thē-, -lēən\

Definition of anthelion

plural

anthelia

\-yə, -ēə\ or

anthelions

  1. :  the brightish white halolike spot appearing occasionally on the parhelic circle opposite the sun —called also antisun, countersun

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Origin and Etymology of anthelion

Greek anthēlion, from neuter of anthēlios, alteration of antēlios opposite the sun, from anti- 1anti- + hēlios sun — more at solar


First Known Use: 1670


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