Phoenix vs Griffin - What's the difference?
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.
* 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.
(mythology) A mythological Chinese chimerical bird whose physical body symbolizes the six celestial bodies.
- Astronomers believe planets might form in this dead star's disk, like the mythical Phoenix rising up out of the ashes.
* gryfon (obsolete)
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.