Meaning of Silenus

Si•le•nus

Pronunciation: (sī-lē'nus), [key]
— pl. -ni
  1. a forest spirit, sometimes referred to as the oldest of the satyrs and the foster father, teacher, and companion of Dionysus: often represented as a bearded old man.
  2. (l.c.) any of a group of forest spirits similar to satyrs: often represented as a drunken old man with the legs and ears of a horse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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