quilling

[ kwil-ing ]
/ ˈkwɪl ɪŋ /

noun

the flutes or ridges in quilled material.
quilled fabric, lace, ribbon, etc.

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Origin of quilling

First recorded in 1630–40; quill + -ing1

Definition for quilling (2 of 2)

quill
[ kwil ]
/ kwɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

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 quilling (1 of 2)

quilling
/ (ˈkwɪlɪŋ) /

noun

decorative craftwork in which a material such as glass, fabric, or paper is formed into small bands or rolls that form the basis of a design

British Dictionary definitions for quilling (2 of 2)

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 quilling

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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