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quill

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noun \ˈkwil\

Simple Definition of quill

  • : 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. 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. 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. 3 :  something made from or resembling the quill of a feather; especially :  a pen for writing

  4. 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


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quill

verb

Definition of quill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce with quills

  3. 2 a :  to wind (thread or yarn) on a quill b :  to make a series of small rounded ridges in (cloth)



1783

First Known Use of quill

1783



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