- rolled or incurved into a narrow tubular form.
Origin of quilled
- 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 toothpick.
- a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.
- a shaft, joined to and supported by two other shafts or machines, for transmitting motion from one to the other.
- a rotating toolholder used in boring or facing internal angles.
- a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.
- to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges, as along the edge of a garment, hem, etc.
- to wind on a quill, as yarn.
- 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.
Origin of quill
Examples from the Web for quilled
At its feeble cry, Kaug, the porcupine, raised his quilled head.The Mystery of Choice
Robert William Chambers
If their cousins whom we found just now were like Chrysanthemums, these are like quilled Dahlias.Glaucus
Used to blazon the quills of feathers: thus, a blue feather having its quill golden is blazoned—A feather az., quilled or.The Handbook to English Heraldry
In one hand was a wand of red-dyed wood with a beaded and quilled amulet at the end.The Lions of the Lord
Harry Leon Wilson
Yolanda's wonderful "t" was certainly the most stupendous single letter ever quilled.Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy
- any of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail of a bird
- the long hollow central part of a bird's feather; calamus
- 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)
Word Origin and History for quilled
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.
- 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.