Phoenix vs Thunderbird - What's the difference?

phoenix | thunderbird |

As a proper noun phoenix

is .

As a noun thunderbird is



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.
  • References




    (en noun)
  • (mythology) A mythological bird, often associated with stormy weather, especially in various indigenous North American mythologies.
  • * 1999 , Andrew George, translating Gilgamesh , VII:
  • A man there was, grim his expression, just like a Thunderbird his features were frightening.
  • An Australian insectivorous songbird (), whose male is conspicuously marked with black and yellow, and has a black crescent on the breast.