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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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No longer just in space, like some frantic compass, hut also in time, a Roman from the late Empire wandering in the middle of the village looking for Bacchus or Silenius, who now must triumph.
Box 1306, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland; Silenius is R&D manager and Paivike manager, customer service, Andritz Oy, Wood Processing, Keskikankaantie 9, FIN-15870 Hollola, Finland.
However, the Professor does unbend enough to share an occasional beer with Ossipon at the Silenius, but there is no indication that Kaczynski indulged himself in even that limited form of sociability.