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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.

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.

3. (Science: zoology) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine. The pen of a squid. See Pen.

4. The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments. The tube of a musical instrument. He touched the tender stops of various quills. (milton)

5. Something having the form of a quill; as: The fold or plain of a ruff.

A hollow spindle. 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. Quill nib, a small quill pen made to be used with a holder.

Origin: Perhaps fr. F. Quille ninepin (see Kayless); but cf. Also G. Kiel a quill. MHG. Kil, and Ir. Cuille a quill.

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Re: Any SOLID arguments against evolution?

... being untainted through their years of change, when the bible was put together there were no printers... each copy had to be rewritten with a quill, and then there are different versions, and as i said before, translators, there is very rarely and exact match between words in a language for ...

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The Fiber Disease

... more "leaf like" structure than a feather like structure. Frayed nylon rope could be said to look like a feather. Anyway, must quiver my quill!! Helen

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