The male version of a nymphomaniac; Basically a sexual addict.

Forest deities, the Satyrs represented the genial, luxuriant life in nature.
Companions of Dionysos, they exhibited typically some small sign of their bestial nature, as in tiny horns on the head, a small goat's tail, or suchlike.
They were divided into three classes, the first and highest were those who nearly resembled their god, Dionysos, and whose occupation was either to play the flute for his amusement, or pour out his wine. The second class were older, and called Sileni, and the third, very young and juvenile, were known as Satyriski.

The lives of Satyrs were spent in woods and hills, in a constant round of drinking, hunting , dancing, music and gathering and pressing grapes. They were often found in the company of Dionysos, whirling in wild, frenetic dances with the Maenads. Their musical instruments were the syrinx, flute and cymbals.
Nature spirits and followers of Dionysus (the Greek god of ecstasy, wine and music), the satyrs were half men and half goats. They originally represented the amoral, lazy and pleasure-seeking sides of human nature, but were later identified, in Christian Europe, with the Devil.

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satyr: in Greek mythology, a woodland deity, usually depicted as having the hind end of a hairy, hoofed goat and the head end of a horned man, an attendant of Bacchus, fond of merriment and lechery.

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Sa"tyr [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. Milton.

2. Zool.

Any one of many species of butterflies belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Their colors are commonly brown and gray, often with ocelli on the wings. Called also meadow browns.

3. Zool.

The orangoutang.


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