What is quill?

  • (noun): A stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog.
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A quill pen is a writing implement made from a moulted flight feather (preferably a primary wing-feather) of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, the metal-nibbed pen, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen. The hand-cut goose quill is still used as a calligraphy tool, however rarely because many papers are now derived from wood pulp and wear down the quill very quickly. It is still the tool of choice for a few professionals and provides an unmatched sharp stroke as well as greater flexibility than a steel pen.

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List Of Marvel Comics Characters: Q - Quill
... Quill is the name of four different characters in the Marvel Comics universe, all of them mutants ...
Southwestern University (Philippines) - Publications
... THE BULLWHIP – College of Veterinary Medicine CAS QUILL – College of Arts and Sciences AGSIKAP – College of Engineering HYGEIA’S INK – College of Pharmacy THE WHITE CAP – College of Nursing ...
Quill - Today
... A quill knife was the original primary tool used for cutting and sharpening quills, known as 'dressing' ... Following the decline of the quill in the 1820s, following the introduction of the maintenance-free, mass produced steel dip nib by John Mitchell, knives were still manufactured but became known as ... There is a small but significant difference between a pen knife and a quill knife, in that the quill knife has a blade that is flat on one side and convex on the other, which facilitates the round cuts ...
The Quill (Bowdoin) - History
... The Quill was the successor to The Escritoir, which was published only during the 1826-27 school year ... According to the founders of The Quill, "while there was no lack of verses in The Escritoir, there was a lack of poetry." So, a group of students headed ... Since 1993 the Quill has been published once a year ...
The Quill (Bowdoin) - Current Activity
... In recent years, though the final literary magazine is only published once a year, The Quill has remained active throughout the school year by putting out poetry pamphlets - folded brochures featuring about four ... The Quill has also been known to print April Fool's editions of pamphlets, featuring joking statements such as "The Quill owns Baxter State Park," due to ... The Quill has recently seen a resurgence in activity on campus, and over the last four years the membership has doubled in size and the final magazine has been expanded by 20 pages ...

More definitions of "quill":

  • (noun): The hollow shaft of a feather.
    Synonyms: calamus, shaft
  • (noun): Pen made from a bird's feather.
    Synonyms: quill pen