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Quill, 1) the prickle of a porcupine: Hml. I, 5, 20.
2) the strong feather of the wing of a bird: “to pluck the --s from ancient ravens' wings,” Lucr. 949. “the wren with little q.” Mids. III, 1, 131 (Bottom's song). Hence == pen: Lucr. 1297. Sonn. 83, 7. 85, 3. cf. Goose-quill.
Obscure passage: “then we may deliver our supplications in the q.” H6B I, 3, 4 (Steevens: written, penned; Nares: in form and order, like a quilled ruff; Singer: in the coil; Halliwell: all together).*
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