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  • n  pen made from a bird's feather
  • n  a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
  • n  any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
  • n  the hollow spine of a feather

  • Scientist Joseph Priestly, in 1780, designed and ordered made a steel pen that resembled a quill, just as anciently the quill imitated the reed.
  • So as a no longer hip person and and putting all my chips on the table here an ex-Wall Street Journal reporter, I am plucking my quill, or dipping it, or whatever we did to .
  • A broad goose quill is the favorite writing implement of Paul von Hindenburg, President of the German Republic.
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  • Jonathan Zittrain in Seattle Post Intelligencer
    It's not just a tool, it's a culture,said Jonathan Zittrain, a former Harvard Law School professor who teaches Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University in England. "The idea that exactly one person has to hold the quill at...
  • William Shakespeare in Sydney Morning Herald
    It's as if my quill is broken, as if the organ of my imagination has dried up, as if the proud tower of my genius has collapsed,Shakespeare says.
  • John Cheever in New York Times
    He was a widely acknowledged master of the short story, in a league with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Updike, who said that Cheever wrote "as if with the quill from the wing of an angel."

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