hairy one. Mentioned in Greek mythology as a creature composed of a man and a goat, supposed to inhabit wild and desolate regions. The Hebrew word is rendered also "goat" (Le 4:24) and "devil", i.e., an idol in the form of a goat (Le 17:7; 2Ch 11:15). When it is said (Isa 13:21; comp. Isa 34:14) "the satyrs shall dance there," the meaning is that the place referred to shall become a desolate waste. Some render the Hebrew word "baboon," a species of which is found in Babylonia.
The Heb. word s
The word is sair, which signifies 'hairy one,' and hence a 'he goat.' It is translated 'goat' and 'kid' many times. In Le 17:7 and 2Ch 11:15 it is translated 'devils,' but would have been better 'demons,' referring to the gods which the heathen unconsciously worshipped: cf. 1Co 10:20. The word is translated 'satyr' in Isa 13:21; 34:14, both passages referring to places brought to utter desolation, so that they are inhabited by wild beasts, owls, and perhaps 'wild goats' are intended; or that the desolation would be such that men would shun them as if haunted by unearthly beings. Such a dread is often expressed by dwellers in the East.
(sa'tyr or sat'yr), a sylvan deity or demigod of Greek mythology, represented as a monster, part man and part goat.
The Hebrew word signifies "hairy" or "rough," and is frequently applied to "he-goats." In the passages cited it probably refers to demons of woods and desert places. Comp.