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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ His writings teem with satyr and a neatness of style.
▪ I knew that she hadn't intended to kill the baggy satyr.
▪ In the midst of their circle squatted a bronze satyr, whose round belly contained lamp-oil.
▪ It involved two satyrs and a woman and was very obscene indeed.
▪ Nymphs, when pursued by satyrs, have saved themselves by turning into trees.
▪ The satyrs are goat-men and the centaurs are half man, half horse.
▪ The silly girl had managed to get the baggy satyr on her track.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Satyr \Sa"tyr\ (?; 277), n. [L. satyrus, Gr. ?: cf. F. satyre.]

  1. (Class. Myth.) A sylvan deity or demigod, represented as part man and part goat, and characterized by riotous merriment and lasciviousness.

    Rough Satyrs danced; and Fauns, with cloven heel, From the glad sound would not be absent long.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of many species of butterflies belonging to the family Nymphalid[ae]. Their colors are commonly brown and gray, often with ocelli on the wings. Called also meadow browns.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) The orang-outang.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

woodland deity, companion of Bacchus, late 14c., from Latin satyrus, from Greek satyros, of unknown origin. In pre-Roman Greek art, a man-like being with the tail and ears of a horse; the modern conception of a being part man, part goat is from Roman sculptors, who seem to have assimilated them to the fauns of native mythology. In some English bibles used curiously to translate Hebrew se'irim, a type of hairy monster superstitiously believed to inhabit deserts.


n. 1 (context Greek mythology English) A male companion of Pan or Dionysus with the tail of a horse and a perpetual erection. 2 (context Roman mythology English) A faun. 3 A lecherous man. 4 Any of various butterfly of the family ''Satyridae'', having brown wings marked with eyelike spots; a meadow brown. 5 (context obsolete English) The orangutan.

  1. n. man with strong sexual desires [syn: lecher, lech, letch]

  2. one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns [syn: forest god]


In Greek mythology, a satyr (, ; satyros, ) is one of a troop of ithyphallic male companions of Dionysus with goat-like features and often permanent erection. Early artistic representations sometimes include horse-like legs, but in 6th-century BC black-figure pottery human legs are the most common. In Roman Mythology there is a concept similar to satyrs, with goat-like features: the faun, being half-man, half-goat, who roamed the woods and mountains. In myths they are often associated with pipe-playing. Greek-speaking Romans often used the Greek term saturos when referring to the Latin faunus, and eventually syncretized the two. (The female " Satyresses" were a later invention of poets.)

The satyr's chief was Silenus, a minor deity associated (like Hermes and Priapus) with fertility. These characters can be found in the only complete remaining satyr play, Cyclops, by Euripides, and the fragments of Sophocles' Ichneutae (Tracking Satyrs). The satyr play was a short, lighthearted tailpiece performed after each trilogy of tragedies in Athenian festivals honoring Dionysus. There is not enough evidence to determine whether the satyr play regularly drew on the same myths as those dramatized in the tragedies that preceded. The groundbreaking tragic playwright Aeschylus is said to have been especially loved for his satyr plays, but none of them have survived.

Mature satyrs are often depicted in Roman art with goat's horns, while juveniles are often shown with bony nubs on their foreheads.

As Dionysiac creatures they are lovers of wine and women, and they are ready for every physical pleasure. They roam to the music of pipes ( auloi), cymbals, castanets, and bagpipes, and they love to chase maenads or bacchants (with whom they are obsessed, and whom they often pursue), or in later art, dance with the nymphs , and have a special form of dance called sikinnis. Because of their love of wine, they are often represented holding wine cups, and they appear often in the decorations on wine cups.

Satyr (disambiguation)

Satyr is a mythical creature.

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Satyr (film)

Satyr is a 1996 pornographic film, directed by Michael Zen. It was written by Raven Touchstone and stars Jenna Jameson, Asia Carrera, Missy, Brad Armstrong, and Mickey G.

Usage examples of "satyr".

Behind him came a griffin, a wyvern, a four-footed whale, several carnivorous rabbits, a pair of trolls, a thunderbird, a sliver cat, a hippogriff, a satyr, a winged horse, three hoopsnakes, a pantheon, a firedrake, a monoceros, a double-headed eagle, a cyclops, a flight of barnacle geese, a chimera, and a number of creatures of less ordinary aspect that Dor could not identify in the rush.

The satyr flung away the smoking iron and thrust his quivering cock-meat into her sex, grasping on to the rounds of her buttocks with his strong hands, pulling her away from the wall as he ground himself into her, ramming away at her as she continued to scream out in a mixture of shock and agony.

Etiam Satyra Quinta haec habet: Constat omnia miracula certa ratione fieri, de quibus Epicurei prudentissime disputant.

Slowly at first and then with growing insistence the satyr drew the cooing lips back toward his waiting member, which due to his satyriasis had lost none of its vigour.

He was not asleep, he was not awake, stupefied merely, lapsing back to the state of the faun, the satyr.

It had taken days to unweb the satyr who had the misfortune to come between Arachne and the facilities.

Feronte-bigot, satyr, artist in villainy, refined in cruelty, bloody even in his pleasures may truly be called Archenemy of Liberty.

Surely he had followed in the Bacchic train of distant Arcady, and played on the reeds of myth by forgotten streams, and taught the childish satyrs the art of love?

I felt only trust and a growing sense of love for Awrthom, the Lord of the Satyrs of Daber Wood.

And at last, out of the shadow of the trees, racing up the hill for dear life, by thousands and by millions, came all kinds of creatures - Talking Beasts, Dwarfs, Satyrs, Fauns, Giants, Calormenes, men from Archenland, Monopods, and strange unearthly things from the remote islands of the unknown Western lands.

Etiam Satyra Quinta haec habet: Constat omnia miracula certa ratione fieri, de quibus Epicurei prudentissime disputant.

She chose the same motif as he had earlier, nymphs and satyrs, but even before he joined her she added a sub-routine which included lovable pets interacting on the periphery of the scenes.

The froglike Makiem, the little satyrs of Agitar, who rode great winged horses and had the ability to store in their bodies and discharge at will thousands of volts, and the pterodactylic Cebu had marched and triumphed and killed in their own war.

In his frenzied strains I could almost see shadowy satyrs and bacchanals dancing and whirling insanely through seething abysses of clouds and smoke and lightning.

Then, still pursued by the flying amorettes, the bacchantes, fauns, satyrs, nymphs, and youths depart in various directions.