• Shakspeare, quill pen in hand, stands next to a table
    Shakspeare, quill pen in hand, stands next to a table
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quilling A band of linen, muslin, or the like, fluted, folded, or plaited so as somewhat to resemble a row of quills.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The quills of a porcupine are soft when they are born
    • n quilling A narrow bordering of net, lace, or ribbon plaited so as to resemble a row of quills.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks
    • n Quilling a narrow bordering of plaited lace or ribbon
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  • Herman Melville
    “Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. quille, a keel.


In literature:

Here for the first time, I touched the goose quill to the treaty not knowing, however, that, by the act I consented to give away my village.
"Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk" by Black Hawk
I wish it was needles, and jagged rocks, and quills upon the fretful porkypine, so I do!
"Captain January" by Laura E. Richards
The Archdeacon went on writing, muttering to himself, biting the end of his quill pen.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Quill has just arrived.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
In reality they are birds of the same feather: each has a quill and uses it.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
In reality they are birds of the same feather: each has a quill and uses it.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
With a brush or quill feather go all over the ham with beaten yolk of egg.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
When dry it is about the thickness of a thick knitting needle, swelling to the thickness of a quill when soaked in water.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885" by Various
The Sibyl picked them up and wrote with an eagle's quill on each.
"Classic Myths" by Mary Catherine Judd
They were made with a tube to fit on a quill.
"The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens" by Henry Bore

In poetry:

Thy symbol be the mountain-bird,
Whose glistening quill I hold;
Thy home the ample air of hope,
And memory's sunset gold!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then blessings on thy eagle quill,
As, wandering far and wide,
I thank thee for this twilight dream
And Fancy's airy ride!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So, Faust-like, own her quiet power,
And let her have her will,
And let thy fingers clasp a flower,
Instead of inky quill."
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Just as one sees in marble, still,
Pan o'er Apollo's shoulder lean,
Suggesting to the poet's quill
The sensual note, the hint obscene.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
I will not ask you to sit still;
You shall be naughty when you will;
Shall spill my ink and spoil my quill,
And squander all my morning.
"Dead!" by Alfred Austin
While we are cousins in the flesh,
In mind I think we're nearer still,
Your genius leads you to the brush,
But mine inclines me to the quill.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott

In news:

The Auburn Common Council adopted the budget, with Councilor John Camardo and Mayor Michael Quill voting no.
Muscles, skin, scales and quills are added to a skull cast of Heterodontosaurus.
' Quill ' review: Touching tale of a dog with a purpose.
Interview with Norma Quill Fisher.
Angiotech Launches Quill SRS MONODERM for Wound Closure.
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc recently launched marketing of its Quill SRS MONODERM for superficial wound closure.
Terry Quill , guitarist for The Joe Whiting Band, dropped me a line with a heads-up about his new acoustic duo project.
"Our name is High Risk, and it consists of myself and a newcomer to the music scene, Jenn Norris," Quill writes.
The Hancock-Henderson Quill , Inc. On Thursday, November 15, 2007 a 911 call came in that dispatched the La Harpe, Ft. Green and Terre Haute fire departmentsto the La Harpe School District Bus Barn.
New play about De Quille premieres in April.
A bulldog is recovering at home in Oklahoma after a run-in with a porcupine left her with a face full of quills.
One of the funniest and most riveting scenes in "Quills" sets the tone for the movie, though it doesn't come early.
William Metzo (right) in Quills, a 1999 production by one of Dougherty's favorite groups, Florida Stage.
Porcupine Quill Could Foster New Medical Devices .
Studying porcupine quills could lead to the development of new medical devices , researchers say.