any of the large, stiff wing or tail feathers of a bird
any of the spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
any of various things made from the quill of a feather, specif., a pen for writing
a weaver's spindle or bobbin
a small roll of dried bark, as of cinchona
, cinnamon, etc.
to form with or into quillings
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Word origin of 'quill'ME quil, hollow stalk, weaver's quill, prob. < MLowG or MDu, as in LowG quiele, quill of a feather < ? IE base *gwel-, to stick, stab