proper nounGreek 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.’
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