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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.
References in classic literature ?
Each band bore as an ensign a spear or bow decorated with beads, porcupine quills, and painted feathers.
He's different from a reg'lar porcupine, because he can throw his quills in any direction, which an American porcupine cannot do.
As they stood hesitating what to do Chiss stirred and suddenly a shower of quills came flying toward them, almost filling the air, they were so many.
She was crouching as he had crouched once that day, in front of her the tight-rolled ball of quills.
The balls of quills might have been a stone for all it moved; the lynx might have been frozen to marble; and old One Eye might have been dead.
The first thing, Lecount -- " He hesitated -- put the bare end of the quill into his mouth -- gnawed at it thoughtfully -- and said no more.
There was no sound for a moment but the scratching of Sir Alfred's quill pen across the paper.
He writes with a very noisy quill pen which seems to be screeching scorn at all who disagree with him.
Fat man with a woollen muffler and a quill toothpick.
Then what will you say," he enquired, "if I admire the angle of that quill in your hat?
But he was a man of more resources than I knew; searched the wood until he found the quill of a cushat-dove, which he shaped into a pen; made himself a kind of ink with gunpowder from his horn and water from the running stream; and tearing a corner from his French military commission (which he carried in his pocket, like a talisman to keep him from the gallows), he sat down and wrote as follows:
There was another old woman watching by the bed; the parish apothecary's apprentice was standing by the fire, making a toothpick out of a quill.