part of the loom (only in Lucret. 5.1353). They were supposed to be the
treadles, pressed by the weaver's foot; but the epithet levia,
smooth or polished, does not suit these; and the
insilia are more probably the heddles or leash-rods which open the warp.
(Schneider, Index to Scriptores Rei Rusticae,
s. v. Tela;
Rich, s.v. Munro, ad loc.
As the word is not found elsewhere, its meaning can only be guessed (Munro:
so also Blümner, Technol.