what's the difference between an index fund and and equity fund?

I have a little money that I’d like to invest. The stock market is an option I am looking into. I’m a neophyte at this thing and trying to learn the ropes.
I read that index fund is a more secure investment and am seriously considering it. Then during the course of my reading I came across an equity fund.
I would just like to know the difference between these two types of fund.
Where should i put my money on, an index or equity fund?
any information that can shed light on this matter would be of great help. Thanks a lot.

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