from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-wheel with spindle and driving-band for winding thread on a quill or tube for weaving. See quill, 8.
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Less active, and more fitful, rattles the quill-wheel, where the younger children are filling quills for the morrow's weaving.
The distaff, the quill-wheel, the spinning-wheel, the reel, were very familiar to me as a boy; so was the crackle, the swingle, the hetchel, for Father grew flax which Mother spun into thread and wove into cloth for our shirts and summer trousers, and for towels and sheets.
The quill-wheel, and the spinning-wheel, and the loom are heard no more among us.
I do not ask you to send me _The Una_, for the dollar must go with the request, and the dollar has yet to be earned by _quill-work_, a task quite as hard as was work when a child at the _quill-wheel_, winding yarn from the reel.