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What does "Quill" mean?

Definition

(n.) A hollow spindle (n.) A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the proper subject of his quill (n.) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle (n.) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine (n.) One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather (n.) Something having the form of a quill (n.) The fold or plain of a ruff (n.) The pen of a squid. See Pen (n.) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments (n.) The tube of a musical instrument (v. t.) To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle (v. t.) To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn


Synonyms shaft, pinion, calamus, quill feather, flight feather, quill pen


Word Family quills