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quill

(kwĭl)
n.
1. The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather. Also called calamus.
2. Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
3. One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.

quill

  1. the hollow stalk of the feather of birds.
  2. a whole wing or tail feather.
  3. the spine of a porcupine.

quill

the shaft of a bird's feather (1).

quill suture technique
a secure, external method of closing the vulva against prolapse; now obsolete. A vertically placed piece of rubber tubing on either side of the vulva is encircled in a row of four or five horizontal mattress sutures.
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Now you are ready to begin attaching the quilled strip to the feather.
Now starting at the back of the feather push the needle through the vanes of the feather on the upper shaft (rachis) at exactly the vertical location of the two punched holes in the quilled strip.
Mike Cowdrey a noted expert on Plains Indian culture, suggests thai the bands may have simply been removed from quilled otter necklaces and horse trappings (Cowdrey 2007).