Adjective "quilled" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Any of the main wing or tail feathers of a bird.
  1. 'It was hunted extensively by natives for food and feathers, and its numbers began to decline when a market developed in European settlements for its skin, feathers, down, and quills.'
  2. 'Each quill is conspicuously marked with black and white bands.'
  3. 'She learned how to strip the sinews from the tendons and make the string for the bow, how to select the best willows for the shaft of the arrows, how to bind the goose quills to the shaft with gut and gum.'
  4. 'By the way, they're born with soft quills, and the quills harden up within about six to eight hours after birth.'
  5. 'Its plectra - which pluck the strings to produce the harpsichord's sound - were replaced using black turkey quills, and the instrument now produces a sound as close as possible to how it would have sounded when made by Haxby.'
  6. 'It has a great many tiny, very fluffy ‘miniature feathers’ and no long feathers or quills.'
  7. 'Dubbed Kryoryctes cadburyi - as in Cadbury chocolate - the dinosaur-era mammal was roughly the size of a large cat, covered with quills, and toothless.'
  8. 'They are feather-like in that they are hollow and ‘resemble most closely the plumules of modem birds, having relatively short quills and long, filamentous barbs’.'
  9. 'Lowering his quill once more, the ink trailed in a continuous line, curving and twisting on the paper.'
  10. 'His head bent in deep thought, he bit his lip in uncertainty while lowering his quill to the parchment.'
  11. 'Although metal nibs are recorded as early as the 16th century they were not much used until the last quarter of the 19th when they began to replace quills.'
  12. 'It will retain aspects of its heritage - such as signing the loss book with a quill pen - as a way of reaffirming its long history, continuity and stability.'
  13. 'The film shows the surgeon teaching his students by illustrating the successful procedure he has just carried out - he uses forceps as a quill pen and the patient's blood as his ink.'
  14. 'I decided to use a wing feather from a golden eagle [Aquila chrysaetos], which is of course beautiful, reminiscent of both flight and of a quill pen.'
  15. 'Filled with misery, he removed a roll of blank paper from the pocket of his robe, and slowly he began to write, using the quill pen he always kept with him.'
  16. 'In one arm, he cradled a stack of books, and in the other, a leather satchel full of feather quills and dozens of tiny glass bottles.'
  17. 'Remember, this was a time of horse and buggy, feather quills and the most sophisticated appliance in the family home would've been an oil lamp.'
  18. 'All this might make you want to toss your computer into the nearest toxic waste dump and go back to writing letters with a quill pen.'
The hollow sharp spines of a porcupine, hedgehog, or other spiny mammal.
  1. 'The quills are not poisonous, the wound becomes septic simply because of the dirt on the quills, and bacteria always thrive where there is dirt.'
  2. 'Now the quills, they rattle their quills if they are being alarmed.'
  3. 'Between Komfokorum and Dompoase, a man dangles a rat the size of a rabbit in front of our windscreen, trying to sell us bush meat; beneath his tarpaulin, I can see the brushy quills of something resembling a porcupine.'
  4. 'They were decorated with porcupine quills, cut fringes, and simple geometric designs often colored with earth pigments.'
  5. 'The quills are so lightly fixed to the porcupine's body that they are easily detached and left embedded in the attacker.'
  6. 'In anger, she attacks the porcupine, and her nose is filled with quills.'
  7. 'Yet display can also conceal, as the raised quills of a porcupine disguise the vulnerability and true size of its actual body.'
  8. 'Several days were then spent learning how to sew the porcupine quills into decorative motifs on the clothing and attaching the silverberry seeds to the fringes.'
  9. 'That's hard to imagine, given the creature's resistance to domestication and its propensity for using its quills to keep humans away.'
  1. 'I could certainly do something simple with pasta quills and a can of plum tomatoes.'
Pan pipes.


    Form (fabric) into small cylindrical folds.
    1. 'It was a gift of a beautiful piece of quilled and layered paper work, along with an unbelievably neat inscription, all presented in one of the best examples of the frame-maker's craft I've seen in a long, long time.'

    More definitions

    1. rolled or incurved into a narrow tubular form.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "games can be quilled."


    Late Middle English (in the senses ‘hollow stem’ and ‘shaft of a feather’): probably from Middle Low German quiele.