Definition of poliphant in US English:

poliphant

(also polyphant)

noun

historical
  • A musical instrument having a large number of wire strings and resembling a lute.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Playford (c1622–c1686), music publisher. Apparently alteration of polyphone, although the motivation for this is unclear.

Pronunciation

poliphant

/ˈpɒlɪf(ə)nt/