from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the large feathers or quills of the goose, the barrels of which are cut to make writing-pens.


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  • Jamie's long fingers played with a goose-quill on the desk.

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  • Inquire of that honourable and learned gentleman, whose last public act was to cast aside the grey goose-quill, an article of agricultural produce, and take up the pistol, which, under the system of percussion locks, has not even a flint to connect it with farming.

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  • I confess I do not write with a goose-quill winged with two feathers; and if they will need make it my fault, I must answer them with that of Euripides to Alcestides, a tragic writer:

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  • On looking round I did feel that my antiquated goose-quill and rusty-looking inkstand were rather out of place.

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  • Old Guy is griping to me about kids just out of diapers sitting at computers, while he still remembers how to trim a goose-quill and make oak-gall ink...

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  • As, however, she lighted me towards the miserable hovel into which they had crammed our unlucky steeds, to regale themselves on hay, every fibre of which was as thick as an ordinary goose-quill, she plainly showed me that she had another reason for drawing me aside from the company than that which her words implied.

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  • Sir Anthony laughed, his hands toying idly with a goose-quill.

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  • Cashel brought the staff down as an iron-shod club, jolting the creature's head to the side even as another arrow punched to the goose-quill fletching in the soft skin of its throat.

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  • For a long moment he paused, considering, the feathery end of the gray goose-quill tickling his lips.

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  • The quotes were written with a real quill pen, not metal, but a goose-quill; you can see how the nib has worn down on the longer piece by the time she reached the end of the quote.

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