Anthelion Ant*hel"ion (?; 277, 106), n.; pl. {Anthelia}. [Pref. anti + Gr. ? sun.] (Meteor.) A halo opposite the sun, consisting of a colored ring or rings around the shadow of the spectator's own head, as projected on a cloud or on an opposite fog bank. [1913 Webster]

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  • anthelion — [ant hē′lē ən, an thē′lē ən] n. pl. anthelia [ant hē′lēə, an thē′lēə] or anthelions [ModL < Gr anthēlion < anti , against + hēlios, SUN1] a rarely seen, hazy white spot at the same altitude as the sun, but opposite in the sky, caused by a… …   English World dictionary

  • Anthelion — An anthelion (plural anthelia, from late Greek ανθηλιος, opposite the sun ) is a rare optical phenomenon appearing on the parhelic circle opposite to the sun as a faint white halo, not unlike a sundog.How anthelions are formed is disputed. Walter …   Wikipedia

  • anthelion —    The term anthelion comes from the Greek words anti (against, opposite to) and helios (Sun). It translates loosely as counter Sun. The term is used in meteorology and astronomy to denote arare physical illusion consisting of a diffuse,… …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • anthelion — Parhelion Par*hel ion, n.; pl. {Parhelia}. [L. parelion, Gr. ?, ?; para beside + ? the sun.] A mock sun appearing in the form of a bright light, sometimes near the sun, and tinged with colors like the rainbow, and sometimes opposite to the sun.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anthelion — /ant hee lee euhn, an thee /, n., pl. anthelia / lee euh/. a luminous, white spot occasionally appearing at the sun s elevation but in the opposite part of the sky. [1660 70; < LGk anthélion, neut. of anthélios opposite the sun, equiv. to ant ANT …   Universalium

  • anthelion — noun A faint, white halo rarely seen in the sky opposite the sun on the parhelic circle …   Wiktionary

  • Anthelion — Ant|he|li|on das; s, Plur. ...lia u. ...lien [...i̯ən] (meist Plur.) <aus gleichbed. gr. anthe̅lion> Gegensonne (Astron.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • anthelion — [ant hi:lɪən, an θi:l ] noun (plural anthelia lɪə) a luminous halo round a shadow projected by the sun on to a cloud or fog bank. ↘a parhelion seen opposite the sun in the sky. Origin C17: from Gk anthēlios opposite to the sun …   English new terms dictionary

  • anthelion — ant·he·li·on …   English syllables

  • anthelion — /æntˈhiliən/ (say ant heeleeuhn), /ænˈθi / (say an thee ) noun (plural anthelia /æntˈhiliə/ (say ant heeleeuh), /ænˈθiliə/ (say an theeleeuh)) (especially in polar regions) a luminous ring seen round the shadow of the observer s head as thrown by …   Australian English dictionary

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