Phoenix vs Griffin - What's the difference?

phoenix | griffin |

As proper nouns the difference between phoenix and griffin

is that phoenix is while griffin is , the anglicized form of both the Ó gríobhtha (ballygriffey co clare) and Ó grifín (dingle, co kerry) clans.


Alternative forms

* phenix, , pheonix


  • (mythology) A mythological bird, said to be the only one of its kind, which lives for 500 years and then dies by burning to ashes on a pyre of its own making, ignited by the sun. It then arises anew from the ashes.
  • (figuratively) Anything that is reborn after apparently being destroyed. Usually used as a simile.
  • Astronomers believe planets might form in this dead star's disk, like the mythical Phoenix rising up out of the ashes.
  • (mythology) A mythological Chinese chimerical bird whose physical body symbolizes the six celestial bodies.
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    Alternative forms

    * gryfon (obsolete) * gryphon * griffon


    (en noun)
  • A mythical beast having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle.
  • (dated, Anglo-Indian) A person who has just arrived from Europe.
  • * 1842 , The Asiatic journal and monthly register (volume 38, page 40)
  • Tables were laid out in the palace, profusely covered with wines and refreshments, in the European style; old hands and griffins , fair sex and civilians, seemed all determined to enjoy themselves
  • A large vulture (Gyps fulvus ) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor, supposed to be the "eagle" of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeier.
  • An English early apple.
  • A cadet newly arrived in British India: half English, half Indian.[]
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