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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural sileni) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Latin, from Greek sil?nos, from Sil?nos foster father of Dionysus Date: 1542 a minor woodland deity and companion of Dionysus in Greek mythology with a horse's ears and tail

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. sileni) (in Greek mythology) a bearded old man like a satyr, sometimes with the tail and legs of a horse. Etymology: L f. Gk seilenos

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Wanderoo Wan`der*oo", n. [Cingalese wanderu a monkey.] (Zo["o]l.) A large monkey (Macacus silenus) native of Malabar. It is black, or nearly so, but has a long white or gray beard encircling the face. Called also maha, silenus, neelbhunder, lion-tailed baboon, and great wanderoo. [Written also ouanderoo.] Note: The name is sometimes applied also to other allied species.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Silenus Si*le"nus, n. [L. Silenus the tutor and attendant of Bacchus.] (Zo["o]l.) See Wanderoo.



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