• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Quill-nib a quill-pen shortened for use with a holder
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Explained by Skeat as orig. a stalk, hence anything pointed, O. Fr. quille, a peg—Old High Ger. kegil or chegil (Ger. kegel), a cone-shaped object, ninepin.


In literature:

And here you see quill-pens, fresh nibbed, and ink in a curious well made from horn.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Clio nibbed another quill, steel pens not having then been invented.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
The rest of the Battalion moved forward at the same time in a similar formation to "Nib" and "Quill" trenches on "Helene Ridge.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Those were the days before steel nibs had become common, and the pen I took was a quill split up and spoiled.
"The Story of Antony Grace" by George Manville Fenn
Then Major Buckstone drew an ink-pot toward him at a table and took up a broad-nibbed quill pen.
"The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill" by John T. McIntyre