Suggestions of the animal dance occur in the satyric plays of the Greeks.
And here it will be proper to give the definition of the Greek satyric poem from Casaubon, before I leave this subject.
They are either mythological travesties (resembling the satyric drama of Athens) or character comedies.
All the rest is obscure, except that we have reason to believe that Chœrilus excelled in the satyric drama.
Our Hans Andersen is too weak in the wrist, has not arm strong enough "to crack the satyric thong."
At the same time special pieces for the traditional tragic chorus were retained, and these received the name of satyric dramas.
He was still grinning, but now the grin had become set, satyric, hideous.
The festival culminated in the production of tragedies, comedies and satyric dramas in the great theatre of Dionysus.
The Cyclops of Euripides is the only extant specimen of a satyric drama.
But the plot of this satyric or Silenic drama has been detected, and you must not allow him, Agathon, to set us at variance.
c.1600, from Latin satyricus, from Greek satyrikos "pertaining to a satyr or satyrs," from satyros (see satyr).
woodland deity, companion of Bacchus, late 14c., from Latin satyrus, from Greek satyros, of unknown origin. In pre-Roman Greek art, a man-like being with the tail and ears of a horse; the modern conception of a being part man, part goat is from Roman sculptors, who seem to have assimilated them to the fauns of native mythology. In some English bibles used curiously to translate Hebrew se'irim, a type of hairy monster superstitiously believed to inhabit deserts.
hairy one. Mentioned in Greek mythology as a creature composed of a man and a goat, supposed to inhabit wild and desolate regions. The Hebrew word is rendered also "goat" (Lev. 4:24) and "devil", i.e., an idol in the form of a goat (17:7; 2 Chr. 11:15). When it is said (Isa. 13:21; comp. 34:14) "the satyrs shall dance there," the meaning is that the place referred to shall become a desolate waste. Some render the Hebrew word "baboon," a species of which is found in Babylonia.