- 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
A satyr, usually depicted as drunken and jolly, in the entourage of Dionysus.
Origin of SilenusLatin S&imacron;l&emacron;nus, from Greek S&imacron;l&emacron;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 s&imacron;l&emacron;nus, from Greek s&imacron;l&emacron;nos, from S&imacron;l&emacron;nos, Silenus.