one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.
a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
a plectrum of a harpsichord.
a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
a reed or other hollow stem on which yarn is wound.
a bobbin or spool.
a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.
verb (used with object)
to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
to extract a quill or quills from:
to quill a duck before cooking it.
a bird’s feather made into a pen for writing
any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
(angling) a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
(in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
a fluted fold, as in a ruff
a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft
to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)
c.1400, “piece of reed or hollow stem of a feather,” probably related to Middle High German kil “quill,” from Low German quiele, of unknown origin. Meaning “pen made from a (goose) quill” is from 1550s; that of “porcupine spine” is from c.1600.
A folded matchbook cover used to hold heroin or cocaine for sniffing (1960s+ Narcotics)
[ki-lahy] /kɪˈlaɪ/ noun 1. (def 1). /kɪˈlaɪ/ noun 1. another name for soapbark (sense 1)
noun 1. (def 2).
noun, Facetious. 1. a person who does a great deal of writing.
[kwil-bak] /ˈkwɪlˌbæk/ noun, plural quillbacks (especially collectively) quillback. 1. a carpsucker, Carpiodes cyprinus, inhabiting waters in the central and eastern U.S., having one ray of the dorsal fin greatly elongated.