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1. The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather. Also called calamus.
2. Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
3. A writing pen made from the shaft of a feather.
4. Music
a. A plectrum for a stringed instrument of the clavichord type.
b. A pipe having a hollow stem.
5. A toothpick made from the stem of a feather.
6. One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
7. A spindle or bobbin around which yarn is wound in weaving.
8. A hollow shaft that rotates on a solid shaft when gears are engaged.
v. quilled, quill·ing, quills
1. To wind (thread or yarn) onto a quill.
2. To make or press small ridges in (fabric).
To practice the art or craft of quilling.

[Middle English quil.]
References in classic literature ?
Bulstrode's eyes, which were rather fine, rolled round that ample quilled circuit, while she spoke.
people are watching largest hand quilled flag by Surya Bala at sharjah indian assn Photo Arshad Ali/Gulf News Image Credit: Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter
The book features a Gallery with photographs and descriptions of warbonnets made by contemporary craftsmen and included several made by this author, amongst which was one with quilled strips attached to the feathers.
If you have a plant which has already quilled, take a mild liquid detergent or soap and put several drops into the tight center and fill with water to overflowing.