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 for quill
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quill \Quill\, n. [Perhaps fr. F. quille ninepin (see
     Kayless); but cf. also G. kiel a quill. MHG. kil, and Ir.
     cuille a quill.]
     1. One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the
        rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather.
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     2. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the
        point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the
        proper subject of his quill. --Sir H. Wotton.
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     3. (Zool.)
        (a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.
        (b) The pen of a squid. See Pen.
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     4. (Mus.)
        (a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings
            of certain instruments.
        (b) The tube of a musical instrument.
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                  He touched the tender stops of various quills.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. Something having the form of a quill; as:
        (a) The fold or plain of a ruff.
        (b) (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood,
            upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a
            shuttle.
        (c) (Mach.) A hollow spindle.
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     6. (Pharm.) A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or
        of cinchona.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Quill bit, a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed
        split lengthways and having its end sharpened like a
        gouge.
  
     Quill driver, one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk.
        [Jocose]
  
     Quill nib, a small quill pen made to be used with a holder.
        --Simmonds.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quill \Quill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quilled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Quilling.]
     1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings;
        as, to quill a ruffle.
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              His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff. --Goldsmith.
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     2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. --Judd.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  quill
      n 1: pen made from a bird's feather [syn: quill, quill pen]
      2: a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
      3: any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird [syn:
         flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather]
      4: the hollow spine of a feather [syn: quill, calamus,
         shaft]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "quill":
     barb, barbule, barrel, bramble, brier, bristle, burr, cactus,
     catchweed, cilium, cleavers, crest, feather, filament, filamentule,
     goose grass, hackle, needle, nettle, panache, pine needle, pinion,
     plume, plumule, prickle, scapular, shaft, spicule, spiculum, spike,
     spikelet, spine, sticker, thistle, thorn, topknot, tuft, yucca
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  QUILL, n.  An implement of torture yielded by a goose and commonly
  wielded by an ass.  This use of the quill is now obsolete, but its
  modern equivalent, the steel pen, is wielded by the same everlasting
  Presence.
  

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