quill


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Synonyms for quill

pen made from a bird's feather

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a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog

any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird

the hollow spine of a feather

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It was only a bit of dried root, taken from some unknown shrub, but the boy rubbed it upon the wound made by the quill and in a few moments the place was healed entirely and the Shaggy Man's leg was as good as ever.
Directly in the center of the road lay a motionless object that bristled all over with sharp quills, which resembled arrows.
He's different from a reg'lar porcupine, because he can throw his quills in any direction, which an American porcupine cannot do.
As they stood hesitating what to do Chiss stirred and suddenly a shower of quills came flying toward them, almost filling the air, they were so many.
He picked the last morsel of feather from the quill; and, desperately leaping the pitfall under his feet, advanced to meet Mrs.
"The first thing, Lecount -- " He hesitated -- put the bare end of the quill into his mouth -- gnawed at it thoughtfully -- and said no more.
He took another bite at the quill. The perspiration began to appear on his face.
"I know it"; and the duke put the quill to the paper.
She was crouching as he had crouched once that day, in front of her the tight-rolled ball of quills. If he had been a gliding shadow before, he now became the ghost of such a shadow, as he crept and circled around, and came up well to leeward of the silent, motionless pair.
The balls of quills might have been a stone for all it moved; the lynx might have been frozen to marble; and old One Eye might have been dead.
Had the porcupine been entirely unrolled, or had it not discovered its enemy a fraction of a second before the blow was struck, the paw would have escaped unscathed; but a side-flick of the tail sank sharp quills into it as it was withdrawn.
This usually consists of a gray surcoat and leggins of the dressed skin of the antelope, resembling chamois leather, and embroidered with porcupine quills brilliantly dyed.
Each band bore as an ensign a spear or bow decorated with beads, porcupine quills, and painted feathers.
Bulstrode's eyes, which were rather fine, rolled round that ample quilled circuit, while she spoke.
Each distant thicket seemed a strange porcupine with quills of flame.