from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of anthelion.
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The disc or circle around the sun can be correctly called "anthelia", and the ring around the moon "halo".
A curious phenomenon, to which the name of "anthelia" has been given, and which may probably have suggested to the early painters the idea of the glory surrounding the heads of beatified saints, is to be seen in singular beauty, at early morning, in Ceylon.
It is simply an optical effect, a variety of the phenomenon called 'anthelia,' like
Before coming to the anthelia, properly so called, or to the colored rings which appear around a shadow, it is as well first to note the effects produced on the clouds and mists that are facing the sun when it rises or sets.
These different optical effects are classed together under the name of _anthelia_ (from