silenus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Silenus the chief satyr in the service of Bacchus; father of Dionysus; usually depicted as drunk and jolly and riding a donkey
    • n silenus any of the minor woodland deities who were companions of Dionysus (similar to the satyrs)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Silenus (Zoöl) See Wanderoo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silenus 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. He was represented as a robust, full-bearded old man. hairy and with pointed ears, frequently in a state of intoxication, often riding on an ass and carrying a cantharus or other wine-vessel.
    • n silenus In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects of the family Eucnemidæ. Same as Anelastes, Latreille.
    • n silenus In mammal, a genus of macaques, named from Macacus silenus, the wanderoo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Silenus sī-lē′nus the foster-father of Bacchus, a little pot-bellied old man, bald-headed and snub-nosed, generally astride of an ass, drunk, and attended by a troop of satyrs.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Silenus, the tutor and attendant of Bacchus

Usage

In literature:

Above the chimney-piece a bloated old man in vineleaves that might be Silenus.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
In pictures and sculpture Silenus is usually represented as intoxicated.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
One of the best classic examples is the drunken Silenus of Herculaneum.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Silenus, the Greek rhetor, made the last of the group.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
Is he not like a Silenus in this?
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece" by Various
The Satyrs were conspicuous figures in the train of Dionysus, and, as we have seen, Silenus their chief was tutor to the wine god.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Is it Christian history, or the histories of Pan and Silenus?
"Lectures on Architecture and Painting" by John Ruskin
Silenus, at his side, is dangling upon an ass.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Old Silenus offend you?
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
The faces became as purple as those of Silenus.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
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In poetry:

Dear Offspring of pleas'd Venus,
And Jollie, plumpe Silenus ;
Haste, haste, to decke the Haire
Of th' only, sweetly Faire.
"The Rose" by Richard Lovelace
Orgies of vintages, an earthern image of Silenus
Strengthened with rushes, Tegaean Pan,
The small birds of the Cytharean mother,
their Punic faces dyed in the Gorgon's lake;
Nine girls, from as many countrysides
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - II" by Ezra Pound