pl. -·lia or -·li·ons
a rarely seen, hazy white spot at the same altitude as the sun, but opposite in the sky, caused by a reflection from the atmosphere, snow, or ice
Origin of anthelionModern Latin ; from Classical Greek anth?lion ; from anti-, against + h?lios, sun
nounpl. ant·he·li·a or ant·he·li·ons
A luminous, white, diffuse spot occasionally seen in the sky opposite the sun on the parhelic circle.
Origin of anthelionGreek anth&emacron;lion, from neuter of anth&emacron;lios, opposite the sun : anti-, anti- + h&emacron;lios, sun; see sawel- in Indo-European roots.