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(n.) A hollow spindle.


(n.) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.


(n.) A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.


(v. t.) To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn.


(n.) The fold or plain of a ruff.


(v. t.) To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle.


(n.) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.


(n.) The tube of a musical instrument.


(n.) Something having the form of a quill


(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 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.) The pen of a squid. See Pen.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Quill'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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