Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of the minor woodland deities and companions of Dionysus, depicted on Greek vases as men with the tails, ears, and hooves of horses.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Gr. myth, a divinity of Asiatic origin, the foster-father of Bacchus, and leader of the satyrs, but very frequently merely one of a number of kindred attendants in the Dionysiae thiasus.
  • noun In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects of the family Eucnemidæ. Same as Anelastes, Latreille.
  • noun In mammal, a genus of macaques, named from Macacus silenus, the wanderoo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See wanderoo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of the minor woodland deities who were companions of Dionysus (similar to the satyrs)
  • noun the chief satyr in the service of Bacchus; father of Dionysus; usually depicted as drunk and jolly and riding a donkey

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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    May 23, 2008