Elephant vs Oliphaunt - What's the difference?

elephant | oliphaunt |


As nouns the difference between elephant and oliphaunt

is that elephant is elephant while oliphaunt is (archaic|and|historical) elephant.

elephant

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A mammal of the order Proboscidea , having a trunk, and two large ivory tusks jutting from the upper jaw.
  • (figuratively) Anything huge and ponderous.
  • (paper, printing) A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.
  • (British, childish) used when counting to add length, so that each count takes about one second.
  • Let's play hide and seek. I'll count. One elephant''', two '''elephant''', three '''elephant ...
  • (obsolete) ivory
  • (Dryden)

    Synonyms

    * (animal) Elephas maximus'', ''Loxodonta africana * (counting term) see

    Hyponyms

    * (animal) African bush elephant, African forest elephant, Indian elephant, African elephant

    Derived terms

    * African bush elephant * African elephant * African forest elephant * Asian elephant * Asiatic elephant * Borneo elephant, Borneo pygmy elephant * double elephant, double elephant paper * dwarf elephant * elephant apple * elephant bed * elephant beetle * elephant bird, elephantbird * elephant chess * elephant-color, elephant-colour * elephant cord * elephant creeper * elephant ear, elephant ears * elephant fish * elephant flipping * elephant folio * Elephant Gambit * elephant garlic * elephant grass * elephant-gravel * elephant-gray, elephant-grey * elephant gun * * elephant hawk moth * elephanticide * elephantide * elephant in Cairo * elephant in the corner, elephant in the kitchen, elephant in the living room, elephant in the room * (Elephant Island) * elephantitis * elephant joke * elephant juice * elephant leg * (Elephant Man) * elephant man's disease * elephant man's syndrome * elephant on the dinner table * elephant paper * elephant-path * elephant pearl * elephant polo * elephant-rain * elephantry * elephant's breath * elephant seal * elephant's ear, elephant's ears * elephant's foot * elephant's foot umbrella stand * elephant's-grass * elephants' graveyard * elephantship * elephant shrew * elephant's teeth * elephant's trunk, elephant trunk * Elephant's Trunk Nebula * elephant's trunk plant * elephant's trunk snake * elephant's tusk * elephant's-tusks * elephant's-vine * elephant test * elephant trank * elephant tranquilizer, elephant tranquilliser, elephant tranquillizer * Elephant Trap * elephant tree * elephant-trumpet * elephant-trunk fish * Elephant Trunk nebula * elephant-tusk * elephant yam * * forest elephant * get a look at the elephant * imperial elephant * Indian elephant * Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant * Order of the Elephant * pad elephant * pink elephant * pink elephants * pseudelephant * pygmy elephant * retail elephant * rogue elephant * savanna elephant, savannah elephant * sea elephant * see the elephant * show the elephant * Sri Lankan elephant * straight-tusked elephant * Sumatran elephant * temple elephant * war elephant * water elephant * white elephant

    oliphaunt

    English

    Alternative forms

    * olifant, oliphant, olyfaunte, olyphant

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic, and, historical) elephant
  • * 1523 , John Skelton, “A ryght delectable treatyse upon a goodly garlande or chapelet of laurell” in Poetical Works of John Skelton , 1853, p 365:
  • The gander, the gose, and the hudge oliphaunt , / Went with the pecok ageyne the fesaunt;
  • * 1876',
  • * 1954 , ), Random House (1982), ISBN 978-0-345-33971-3, page 283:
  • ‘Were there any oliphaunts ?’ asked Sam, forgetting his fear in his eagerness for news of strange places.

    Usage notes

    * In current usage, this form is chiefly found in reference to the very large fictional elephants found in . ** (pedia)