• The lower shaft of a feather, specifically the region lacking barbs.
  • A sharply pointed, barbed, and easily detached needle-like structure that grows on the skin of a porcupine or hedgehog as a defense against predators.
  • (music) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.
  • (figuratively) Any pen.

    "He picked up his quill and wrote a poem."

  • The pen of a squid.
  • Something having the form of a quill, such as the fold or plain of a ruff, or (weaving) a spindle, or spool, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.
  • A pen made from a feather.
  • A thin piece of bark, especially of cinnamon or cinchona, curled up into a tube.
  • (music) The tube of a musical instrument.


  • To pierce or be pierced with quills.
  • To decorate with quillwork.
  • To form fabric into small, rounded folds.
  • (figuratively) To write.

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