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From the Greek anthe-, variant of ante- ('opposite) and helios ('the sun'). Use as a given name for girls in the mid to late 19th Century may have been influenced by either the genus use of the name or by laymans confusion of it with the Greek Anthea, meaning 'blossom' or an attempted diminutive form of the same.

Proper nounEdit

Anthelia f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Antheliaceae – a group of leafy liverworts.