Definition of Silenus in English:

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Silenus

Pronunciation: /sīˈlēnəs/
Greek Mythology
1An aged woodland deity, one of the sileni, who was entrusted with the education of Dionysus. He is depicted either as dignified and musical, or as an old drunkard.
1.1 (as noun a silenus) (plural sileni /-ˈlēˌnī/) A woodland spirit, usually depicted in art as old and having ears like those of a horse.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: Si·le·nus

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