Q The seventeenth letter of the English alphabet. It has but one sound, which is the same as that of k, or c hard. It is, therefore, a superfluous letter. It is always followed by a u, the two letters together being pronounced like kw, except in some words in which the u is silent; as, quake, quack, pique, pronounced kwake, kwack, peek. The English name of the letter, cue, is said to be from the French queue, a tail, the form being the same as that of O with a tail added. — Webster, 1882
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quarry – A place, cavern, or pit, where stones are cut from the earth for building or other purposes; a stone-pit.
queen – The consort of a king. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scotland.
queer – Going athwart what is usual or normal; differing in some odd way from what is ordinary; odd; singular; quaint; whimsical; as a queer story or act.
quicksand – Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure; especially, a large mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some coasts, and very dangerous.
quick-step march – A lively, spirited march.
quilt – n. A cover or garment made by putting wool, cotton, or other substance, between two cloths, and sewing them together. v.t. To stitch together with some soft and warm substance between, or in the interior of; as a quilted bed-cover; a quilted coat. To sew with the stitch used in a quilt.
Charlotte & Henry Quiner – Laura’s maternal grandparents.