Definition of Quill feather
1. Noun. Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
Generic synonyms: Feather, Plumage, Plume
Group relationships: Wing
Specialized synonyms: Primary, Primary Feather, Primary Quill, Tail Feather
Derivative terms: Pinion
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Literary usage of Quill feather
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1. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1837)
"Mr. Vigors is in possession of several specimens of this group, which he assures me have no peculiarity in the shape of the first quill feather), ..."
2. Rural Sports by William Barker Daniel (1812)
"Dubbing, of an otter's fur; warped with ash- coloured silk: wings, of a Starling's quill-feather. MAY FLY. Dubbing, of yellow wool, mixed with 112 ..."
3. Orr's Circle of the Sciences: A Series of Treatises on the Principles of by William Somerville Orr (1855)
"This appendage is confined to the feathers composing the general plumage of the bird, and even on Fig. 106. quill feather. a, tube; Ъ, shaft ; r, d, ..."
4. The Complete Angler, Or, Contemplative Man's Recreation: Being a Discourse by Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton (1833)
"... quill feather. Green-Tail, Dubbing, of the brown hair of a spaniel, got on the outside of the ear; but a little, in the end of the tail, must be all of ..."
5. The Philosophical Transactions ... Abridged by Royal Society (Great Britain), John Lowthorp, Henry Jones, Andrew Reid, John Gray, John Eames, John Martyn (1722)
"... in the Year 1691. gives me this Account, together with the Wing or Quill- feather of the Bird, viz That on the ..."
6. Natural History Object Lessons: A Manual for Teachers by George Ricks (1891)
"... at least one quill-feather for each child. They may be obtained from the poulterer, or from the nearest farm-yard. I. Parts. ..."
7. Natural History Object Lessons: A Manual for Teachers by George Ricks (1893)
"PROVIDE at least one quill-feather for each child. They may be obtained from the poulterer, or from the nearest farm-yard. I. Parts. ..."
8. The Complete Angler, Or, Contemplative Man's Recreation: Being a Discourse by Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton, John Hawkins (1822)
"... quill-feather. GREY MIDGE, or GNAT. Dubbing, of the down of a sad grey cat, or sad grey camel's hair; warped with grey silk. Wings, of the grey feather ..."