- the foster father and tutor of Dionysus and leader of the satyrs, traditionally pictured as a fat, drunken, jovial old man with pointed ears
- pl. -·ni or -·noi any of a group of woodland deities resembling the satyrs
Origin of SilenusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Seil?nos
nounpl. si·le·ni Greek Mythology
Any of the minor woodland deities and companions of Dionysus, depicted on Greek vases as men with the tails, ears, and hooves of horses.
Origin of silenusLatin sīlēnus, from Greek sīlēnos, from Sīlēnos, Silenus.
A satyr, usually depicted as drunken and jolly, in the entourage of Dionysus.
Origin of SilenusLatin Sīlēnus, from Greek Sīlēnos.