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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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She also took one of the quill pens, but this time I drank no water, and my knees held up.
activities will include paper-making, book-making, calligraphy and illuminations, quill pens and ink-making, and creating cards and prints; writing workshops with Aria Seligmann, Leslie What and Erik Muller; and spoken-word workshops with Barb Stevens-Newcomb, Lola Broomberg, Jennifer von Ammon and Robin Aronson and the Young Women's Theatre Collective.
Though Jackson uses modern materials for his sketches, for the final illuminations he turns to the tools and materials employed by scribes more than a thousand years ago: quill pens, antique ink sticks, gold, and silver.
Nothing in this article is to be construed as a neo-Luddite plea for a return to some ancient status quo of quill pens, ink stands, and parchment.
Secure encryption can help make sure that the Fourth Amendment remains as important in the online world as it was in the days of quill pens and inkwells.
Later, under fluttering banners on the beach of some church camp, the two sides gather with full retinue to sign a parchment with a flourish of trumpets (all right, a skirl of bagpipes) and a flurry of quill pens which will be sent to the respective alliances' archives as historic mementoes.
An expanding technology of internal communication shifted from quill pens, letter press books, and pigeonhole desks to typewriters, carbon paper, Dictaphones, stencil duplicators, and vertical files, all of which enabled manager to create, copy, store, and retrieve their business documents.
At the hall they baked their own bread, made their own lunch in the rambling kitchens, enjoyed a music lesson and tried to master the difficult art of writing with quill pens Back at school, the children wrote about their visit and drew pictures illustrating life hundreds of years ago.
She said: "They were practising writing with quill pens and ink.
Personal possessions include a shell engraved with a scene of the Immaculate Conception, a statuette bust of St Phillip Neri, founder of the Oratorian Order whom Newman studied, a reliquary mount in ornate metal from Newman's desk as well as his pot with used and sharpened quill pens.