quill

[ kwil ]
/ kwɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

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Origin of quill

1375–1425; late Middle English quil; compare Low German quiele,German Kiel

OTHER WORDS FROM quill

quill-like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH quill

quail, quell, quill
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British Dictionary definitions for quill

quill
/ (kwɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)

Word Origin for quill

C15 (in the sense: hollow reed or pipe): of uncertain origin; compare Middle Low German quiele quill
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Scientific definitions for quill

quill
[ kwĭl ]

The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird's skin.
One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
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