from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A crow's feather cut into a pen, used where fine writing is required, as in lithography, tracing, etc.; also, a fine metallic pen imitating the quill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A quill of the crow, or a very fine pen made from such a quill.
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I here found an insect which preys on ants; it is about an inch and a quarter long, as thick as a crow-quill, and covered with black hair.
The natives, too, profit by the occasion, and actively collect them for food, they being about half an inch long, as thick as a crow-quill, and very fat.
The bower our host boasted of was perched on a small limb and hardly big enough to hold a desk, but there was a stool there, several crow-quill pens, paper, and a pot of ink.
The natural crow-quill is a much more sympathetic tool than a steel pen, although not quite so certain in its line.
They covered three pages of large letter-paper with crow-quill handwriting, folded the paper neatly, tucked one edge beneath the other (for there were no envelopes), and then sealed it with a wafer or with sealing-wax.
In the housewife is a tiny pocket, and in the pocket is enclosed a slip of paper, on which, written as with a crow-quill, are these lines: --
CASE I. A.B. received a severe punctured wound by a hook of the size of a crow-quill, which pierced into the flesh between the thumb and fore-finger on the outside of the hand; scarcely a drop of blood followed, but there was immediately severe pain and tumefaction.
This difficulty is overcome by using tracing paper, making the lines with a fine crow-quill and ink.
"I do indeed," I replied fervently, sitting down and producing crow-quill and Indian ink from my bag.
The second was linen-faced, which turned out to be worse than ever; the crow-quill scratched, the ink spluttered wildly.
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