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  • n. Any of several kinds of orchids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several kinds of orchids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several species of Orchis.


Latin, from Ancient Greek σατύριον (saturion, "a kind of orchid") from Σάτυρος (Saturos, "a Satyr"). (Wiktionary)


  • In the meantime, the satyrion which I had drunk only a little while before spurred every nerve to lust and I began to gore


  • "Did Encolpius drink all the satyrion there was in the house?"


  • The plant satyrion was considered both among the Greeks and

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • They were usually made of the satyrion, which, according to Pliny, was a provocative.

    The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 04: Caligula

  • In the meantime, the satyrion which I had drunk only a little while before spurred every nerve to lust and I began to gore Quartilla impetuously, and she, burning with the same passion, reciprocated in the game.

    The Satyricon — Complete

  • We do not make this assertion because of the rhododendrons that abound on the borders of the lakes: we are not fond of this showy, pretentious shrub, whose flowers look as if they were moulded in wax for the decoration of some altar; but is it not delightful to walk on a greensward, almost black with rich satyrion and vanilla?

    Samuel Brohl and Company

  • Matthoile, however, observing that those persons who made use of it did not appear much given to lasciviousness, concluded that we had lost the true satyrion of the ancients; but, it is nevertheless certain, notwithstanding so adverse an opinion, that this plant long preserved its reputation, and was recommended by all botanists for its aphrodisiac potency.

    Aphrodisiacs and Anti-aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction

  • We would have cried aloud in our misery but there was no one to give us any help, and whenever I attempted to shout, "Help! all honest citizens," Psyche would prick my cheeks with her hairpin, and the little girl would intimidate Ascyltos with a brush dipped in satyrion.


  • The woman, on her part, urged me very persistently to accompany her, so we followed the couple, at last, and were conducted between the rows of name-boards, where we saw, in cells, many persons of each sex amusing themselves in such a manner) that it seemed to me that every one of them must have been drinking satyrion.


  • "Granted," the maid replied, "but I have other and surer remedies at hand," she brought me a vessel full of satyrion, as she said this, and so cheerfully did she gossip about its virtues that I drank down nearly all of the liquor, and because Ascyltos had but a moment before rejected her advances, she sprinkled the dregs upon his back, without his knowing it.)



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  • Greek 'Male orchid'? Literal translation, though methinks something is missing here, or another meaning may be inferred...

    July 16, 2008