Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elephant.
  • n. An ancient horn, made of ivory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An elephant.
  • n. An ancient horn, made of ivory.

Etymologies

Old French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Listen for the word "molen" (=mill) and "olifant" (no translation needed, right?)

    Utopiales Poster, Part 7: The Painting

  • Also, Dutch 'volgen' has no ordinary use 'to understand' or to 'hear', and I doubt whether anyone in the 13th century had ever seen an 'olifant' in this part of Europe...

    languagehat.com: WILAMOWICEAN.

  • And that olifant, he will go straight away into the bush.

    Smokescreen

  • Like a man with an obsession I turned back again and again to the hope-despair see-saw of rescue, one minute convinced that E.an and Conrad would have sent out sorties the moment they found me gone, the next that they would simply have cursed my rudeness and set off by themselves towards the north, where E.an would become so engrossed with olifant that E. Lincoln would fade from his mind like yesterday's news.

    Smokescreen

  • Owing to an olifant waving its ears at us within cricket ball distance we did not get back to Skukuza before the gates shut.

    Smokescreen

  • Then, counting over his great victories, he placed it and the olifant beneath him, and committed his soul to the Father, who sent down his angels to bear it to Paradise.

    National Epics

  • The French rode on, answering the sound of the olifant; the emperor rode, filled with grief and rage; the barons spurred their horses, but in vain.

    National Epics

  • In the beginning of the battle Olivier besought Roland to recall the emperor by blowing the olifant, whose sound could be heard for many leagues, but Roland refused.

    National Epics

  • Roland crushed the pagan's head with his olifant, but now he was troubled, for he feared that his sword would fall into other than Christian hands.

    National Epics

  • Then Olivier, when from the hill he saw the one hundred thousand Saracens, their helmets bedecked with gold, their shields shining in the sun, besought his friend to sound his horn, the olifant, and summon the king to their aid.

    National Epics

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