Silenus

Silenus

[sahy-lee-nuhs]
noun, plural Sileni [sahy-lee-nahy] , 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.
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Silenus (saɪˈliːnəs)
 
n , Sileni
1.  chief of the satyrs and foster father to Dionysus: often depicted riding drunkenly on a donkey
2.  (often not capital) one of a class of woodland deities, closely similar to the satyrs

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Silenus
1710, from Gk. seilenos, foster-father of Bacchus and leader of the satyrs.
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