a gnat or mosquito-curtain, i. e. a covering made to be expanded over beds
and couches to keep away gnats and other flying insects, so called from
These curtains were especially used in Egypt on account of the mosquitoes
which infest the Nile (Isid. Orig.
19.5, 5); hence they are
spoken of by Horace (Epod.
9.16) and by Propertius (3.11
contempt, as signs of Oriental effeminacy. They were used by Roman ladies as
early as Varro's day (R. R.
2.10). The use of them is still
common in Italy, Greece, and other countries surrounding the Mediterranean.
The Scholiast on Juvenal 6.80 describes them as being a thread network woven
in very fine meshes ( “linum tenuissimis maculis nanctum” ),
and tells us that at Rome they were called cubiculare;
while in Juvenal (l.c.
), on the
seems to be used in the sense of
is the origin of the English word canopy.
(Judith 10.21, 13.9, 16.19; Varr. R.