Talk:Carapichea ipecacuanha

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How thick is a goose quill?[edit]

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The part of ipecacuanha used in medicine is the root, which is simple or divided into a few branches, flexuous, about as thick as a goose quill, and is composed of rings of various size, somewhat fleshy when fresh, and appearing as if closely strung on a central woody cord.

Are readers expected to know how thick a goose quill is? That seems highly unlikely, and the linked Quill article is no help. A more widely understood measure than "thick as a goose quill" should be used here. Millimeters, anyone?--Jim10701 (talk) 22:53, 6 May 2011 (UTC)