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quill

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noun \ˈkwil\

Definition of quill

  1. 1a (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 devicesb :  a roll of dried bark cinnamon quills

  2. 2a (1) :  the hollow horny shaft of a feather — see feather illustration (2) :  feather; especially :  one of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tailb :  one of the hollow sharp spines of a porcupine or hedgehogc :  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 and Etymology of quill

Middle English quil hollow reed, bobbin; akin to Middle High German kil large feather


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quill

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Definition of quill

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

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

First Known Use of quill

1607


QUILL Defined for English Language Learners

quill

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Definition of quill for English Language Learners

  • : 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


QUILL Defined for Kids

quill

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noun \ˈkwil\

Definition of quill for Students

  1. 1 :  a large stiff feather of a bird's wing or tail

  2. 2 :  the hollow tubelike part of a feather

  3. 3 :  a hollow sharp spine of a porcupine or hedgehog

  4. 4 :  a pen made from a feather



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