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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 quak·er /ˈkwekɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Quak·er n.
 1. One who quakes.
 2. One of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4.
    Fox's teaching was primarily a preaching of repentance . . . The trembling among the listening crowd caused or confirmed the name of Quakers given to the body; men and women sometimes fell down and lay struggling as if for life.   --Encyc. Brit.
 3. Zool. (a) The nankeen bird. (b) The sooty albatross. (c) Any grasshopper or locust of the genus Edipoda; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight.
 Quaker buttons. Bot. See Nux vomica.
 Quaker gun, a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; -- so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance.
 Quaker ladies Bot., a low American biennial plant (Houstonia cærulea), with pretty four-lobed corollas which are pale blue with a yellowish center; -- also called bluets, and little innocents.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by
           George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves
           Quakers) [syn: Friend]
      2: one who quakes and trembles with (or as with) fear [syn: trembler]