E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Satire (2 syl.).
Scaligers derivation of this word from satyr is untenable. It is from satura (full of variety), satura lanx, a hotchpotch or olla podrida. As maxumus, optumus, etc., became maximus, optimus, so satura became satira. (See Drydens Dedication prefixed to his Satires.)
Father of satire. Archilochos of Paros (B.C. seventh century).
Father of French satire. Mathurin Regnier (15731613).