Silenos


Silenos

Silenos [sahy-lee-nuh s] noun

  1. Silenus.

Silenus or Si·le·nos, Sei·le·nos [sahy-lee-nuh s] noun, plural Si·le·ni [sahy-lee-nahy] /saɪˈli naɪ/ for 2. Classical Mythology.

  1. 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.
  2. (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.

British Dictionary definitions for silenos Silenus noun Greek myth

  1. chief of the satyrs and foster father to Dionysus: often depicted riding drunkenly on a donkey
  2. plural Sileni (saɪˈliːnəɪ) (often not capital) one of a class of woodland deities, closely similar to the satyrs

Word Origin and History for silenos 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”).

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