Olifant vs Oliphaunt - What's the difference?

olifant | oliphaunt | Alternative forms |

Olifant is an alternative form of oliphaunt.


As nouns the difference between olifant and oliphaunt

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

olifant

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) An elephant.
  • (historical) An ancient horn, made of ivory.
  • 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)