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quill +‎ -ed


quilled (comparative more quilled, superlative most quilled)

  1. Having quills or similar structures.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act III, Scene I:
      In Ireland have I seen this stubborn Cade
      Oppose himself against a troop of kerns,
      And fought so long till that his thighs with darts
      Were almost like a sharp-quill'd porpentine;
    • 2010, T. Lloyd Winetsky, Maria Juana's Gift: A Novel, Sunstone Press (2010), →ISBN, page 148:
      He leaned down to inspect a white-quilled cactus, and then spotted a different kind with skinnier branches and only a few drab spines.
    • 2011, Alesa Corrin, Jonathan: The Griffin Prince, AuthorHouse (2011), →ISBN, page 234:
      A quilled lionfish was face to face with a saurian moray eel, sizing it up before swimming on.
  2. (of a flower) Having long, narrow petals or florets.
    • 1889, William Robinson, The English Flower Garden: Style, Position, And Arrangement, John Murray (1899), page 291:
      In the wild state the flowers are single—that is to say, only the outer florets are strap-shaped, and usually of a rosy-lilac tint, with yellowish disc florets; but under cultivation, all the florets have become ligulate or quilled […]
  3. Created through the process of quilling.
  4. (of fabric) Having small, rounded folds.
    • 1844, Louisa Stuart Costello, Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen, Volume 1, R. Bentley (1844), page 169:
      Round the throat is a ruff of white muslin, quilled in large reverse plaids; […]
    • 1909, Henry C. Shelley, Inns and Taverns of Old London, L.C. Page and Company (1909):
      He insensibly began to alter his appearance; his cravat seemed quilled into a ruff, and his breeches swelled out into a farlingale. I now fancied him changing sexes; and as my eyes began to close in slumber, I imagined my fat landlord actually converted into as fat a landlady.
  5. Decorated with quillwork.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of quill