quill

17 ENTRIES FOUND:

1quill

noun \ˈkwil\

: the hollow central part of a feather

: a large, stiff feather from the wing or tail of a bird

: a pen that is made from a feather

Full Definition of QUILL

1
a (1) :  a bobbin, spool, or spindle on which filling yarn is wound (2) :  a hollow shaft often surrounding another shaft and used in various mechanical devices
b :  a roll of dried bark <cinnamon quills>
2
a (1) :  the hollow horny shaft of a feather — see feather illustration (2) :  feather; especially :  one of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail
b :  one of the hollow sharp spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
c :  3pen 3
3
:  something made from or resembling the quill of a feather; especially :  a pen for writing
4
:  a float for a fishing line

Origin of QUILL

Middle English quil hollow reed, bobbin; akin to Middle High German kil large feather
First Known Use: 15th century

2quill

transitive verb

Definition of QUILL

1
:  to pierce with quills
2
a :  to wind (thread or yarn) on a quill
b :  to make a series of small rounded ridges in (cloth)

First Known Use of QUILL

1783

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