or Si·le·nos, Sei·le·nos
noun, plural Si·le·ni [sahy-lee-nahy] /saɪˈli naɪ/ for 2. Classical Mythology.
Examples from the Web for sileni
Historical Examples of sileni
Some Sileni of the throng sat on benches and hay-trusses by the wall; and one of them recognized her.Tess of the d'Urbervilles
The grape design at the base of the little statue, and the snake supporting the candleholder, both are symbols of the sileni.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
And after them came two Sileni in purple cloaks and white fringes to them.
The p. xxxiiirevel of Dionysus was introduced by men disguised as Sileni, wild woodland beings in raiment of purple and scarlet.Theocritus, Bion and Moschus
The sileni mate with them, and Hermes, too, in the privy recesses of delightful grottoes.The Sacred Tree
J. H. Philpot
noun Greek myth
1710, from Greek Seilenos, foster-father of Bacchus and leader of the satyrs; the name is of unknown origin (Klein compares Thracian zilai "wine").