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n. Greek Mythology
A satyr, usually depicted as drunken and jolly, in the entourage of Dionysus.

[Latin Sīlēnus, from Greek Sīlēnos.]


n. pl. si·le·ni (-nī) 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.

[Latin sīlēnus, from Greek sīlēnos, from Sīlēnos, Silenus.]


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


(saɪˈli nəs)

n., pl. -ni (-nī) for 2.
1. a forest spirit of the ancient Greeks, often represented as a bearded old man, and in some myths the foster father and teacher of Dionysus.
2. (l.c.) any of a group of forest spirits similar to satyrs.
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Noun1.Silenus - any of the minor woodland deities who were companions of Dionysus (similar to the satyrs)silenus - any of the minor woodland deities who were companions of Dionysus (similar to the satyrs)
Greek deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks
2.Silenus - the chief satyr in the service of Bacchus; father of Dionysus; usually depicted as drunk and jolly and riding a donkey
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And the Dormouse is Seilenos (Roman Silenus), the god of drunkenness--a snub-nosed, pot-bellied, animal-eared satyr who famously often fell asleep at the banquet table, and, like the Dormouse, he was often woken up to entertain guests with stories and songs.