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quill (n.)

c. 1400, quil, "piece of reed, stalk of cane, hollow stem of a feather" (used as a tube to drain liquid), probably somehow related to Middle High German kil "quill," from Low German quiele, which is of unknown origin. Meaning "writing pen made from one of the larger feathers of a goose, swan, or other bird" is from 1550s; that of "porcupine spine" is from c. 1600. Quill-pen is attested by 1828, after steel pens or nibs came into use.

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Definitions of quill from WordNet

quill (n.)
pen made from a bird's feather;
Synonyms: quill pen
quill (n.)
a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog;
quill (n.)
any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird;
Synonyms: flight feather / pinion / quill feather
quill (n.)
the hollow spine of a feather;
Synonyms: calamus / shaft
From wordnet.princeton.edu