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[sahy-lee-nuh s] /saɪˈli nəs/
noun, plural Sileni
[sahy-lee-nahy] /saɪˈli naɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2. Classical Mythology
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.
(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.
Also, Silenos, Seilenos. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sileni


noun (Greek myth)
chief of the satyrs and foster father to Dionysus: often depicted riding drunkenly on a donkey
(often not capital) (pl) Sileni (saɪˈliːnəɪ). one of a class of woodland deities, closely similar to the satyrs
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Word Origin and History for sileni


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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