a specially fine and soft material for
dresses and the covering of couches made at Malta, a relic probably of the
Phoenicians, who colonised it. Diodorus (5.12
) says that the inhabitants were good in all
industries, and particularly in manufacturing ὀθόνια
λεπτότητι καὶ μαλακότητι διαπρεπῆ
(cf. Hesych. sub voce
). Isidore (Orig.
19.22, 21) speaks of a textrinum ad muliebrem vestem
and the same material is spoken of as a luxury
in Cic. Ver. 2.72, 176
; 74, 183
. This gives probability to the reading
in Lucret. 4.1129.