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

  • n. Greek Mythology 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 GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See wanderoo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects of the family Eucnemidæ. Same as Anelastes, Latreille.
  • n. In mammal, a genus of macaques, named from Macacus silenus, the wanderoo.

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

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


Latin sīlēnus, from Greek sīlēnos, from Sīlēnos, Silenus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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