or Si·le·nos, Sei·le·nos
- a forest spirit, sometimes referred to as the oldest of the satyrs and the foster father, teacher, and companion of Dionysus: often represented as a bearded old man.
- (lowercase) any of a group of forest spirits similar to satyrs: often represented as a drunken old man with the legs and ears of a horse.
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Examples from the Web for silenus
Comrade Ossipon, nicknamed the Doctor, went out of the Silenus beer-hall.The Secret Agent
For ten days there was feasting and games in the palace in honor of Silenus.
It was Silenus, a teacher whose fame had gone through all the world.
A satyr lifts her vest, while Silenus and other figures look on in admiration.
The beautiful statuette of Silenus, already described, was found in this house.
- chief of the satyrs and foster father to Dionysus: often depicted riding drunkenly on a donkey
- plural Sileni (saɪˈliːnəɪ) (often not capital) one of a class of woodland deities, closely similar to the satyrs
Word Origin and History for silenus
1710, from Greek Seilenos, foster-father of Bacchus and leader of the satyrs; the name is of unknown origin (Klein compares Thracian zilai "wine").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper