Meaning of Silenus in English:


Pronunciation /sʌɪˈliːnəs/

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • An aged woodland deity who was entrusted with the education of Dionysus.

nounplural noun Sileni/sʌɪˈliːnʌɪ/

Greek Mythology
  • A woodland spirit usually depicted as a drunken old man with ears (and sometimes legs and tail) like those of a horse.

    ‘A statue of Marsyas as a wise old silenus embodied this positive version of Marsyas in the Forum Romanum.’
    • ‘Satyrs and sileni are depicted in art and literature in the company of nymphs, whom they constantly pursue.’
    • ‘On the lid are dancing maenads, satyrs, and sileni.’