Silenus or Si·le·nos, Sei·le·nos [sahy-lee-nuh s] Examples 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.

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

    Thomas Hardy

  • 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

    Jennie Hall

  • And after them came two Sileni in purple cloaks and white fringes to them.

    The Deipnosophists, or Banquet of the Learned of Athenus


  • 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

  • British Dictionary definitions for sileni 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 sileni 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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