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QUILL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quill mean? 

QUILL (noun)
  The noun QUILL has 4 senses:

1. pen made from a bird's feather
2. a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
3. any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
4. the hollow spine of a feather

  Familiarity information: QUILL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUILL (noun)


Sense 1quill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pen made from a bird's feather

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

quill; quill pen

Hypernyms ("quill" is a kind of...):

pen (a writing implement with a point from which ink flows)


Sense 2quill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("quill" is a kind of...):

spine (a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin)

Holonyms ("quill" is a part of...):

Erinaceus europaeus; Erinaceus europeaeus; hedgehog (small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines)

hedgehog; porcupine (relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur)


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Meaning:

Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

flight feather; quill feather; pinion; quill

Hypernyms ("quill" is a kind of...):

feather; plumage; plume (the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quill"):

primary; primary feather; primary quill (one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing)

tail feather (feather growing from the tail (uropygium) of a bird)

Holonyms ("quill" is a part of...):

wing (a movable organ for flying (one of a pair))


Sense 4quill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The hollow spine of a feather

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

quill; calamus; shaft

Hypernyms ("quill" is a kind of...):

rib (a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant)

Holonyms ("quill" is a part of...):

feather; plumage; plume (the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds)


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