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quill

[kwil]
noun
1.
one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
2.
the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather. See illus. under feather.
3.
a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
4.
one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
5.
a plectrum of a harpsichord.
6.
a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
7.
a reed or other hollow stem on which yarn is wound.
8.
a bobbin or spool.
9.
a toothpick.
10.
Machinery.
a.
a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.
b.
a shaft, joined to and supported by two other shafts or machines, for transmitting motion from one to the other.
c.
a rotating toolholder used in boring or facing internal angles.
11.
a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.
verb (used with object)
12.
Textiles.
a.
to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges, as along the edge of a garment, hem, etc.
b.
to wind on a quill, as yarn.
13.
to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
14.
to extract a quill or quills from: to quill a duck before cooking it.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English quil; compare Low German quiele, German Kiel

quill-like, adjective
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quill (kwɪl)
 
n
1.  a.  any of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail of a bird
 b.  the long hollow central part of a bird's feather; calamus
2.  a bird's feather made into a pen for writing
3.  any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
4.  a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
5.  angling a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
6.  a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
7.  (in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
8.  a fluted fold, as in a ruff
9.  a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft
 
vb
10.  to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
11.  to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)
 
[C15 (in the sense: hollow reed or pipe): of uncertain origin; compare Middle Low German quiele quill]

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quill
c.1400, "piece of reed or hollow stem," probably related to M.H.G. kil "quill," from Low Ger. quiele, of unknown origin. Meaning "pens made from quills" is from 1550s; that of "porcupine spines" is from c.1600.
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quill   (kwĭl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird's skin.

  2. One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.


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