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I am manifold
but called always the same.
With the following told
Do you know my name?

I have a horny filiation
I come in rather short notation

You know a pond where I tranquilly float
I jab you when you shrink or bloat

You feel me when I draw the line
You smell me when I hold the swine

I firmly wear a mollusk's robe
Make acronyms around the globe

I keep you locked, with guards about
Give me a ring, I'll let you out



EDIT (Addition): The riddle was answered by puzzledPig (congratulations and thanks).
I posted a complete explantion as a separate reply.

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Edited to explain more lines (thank you to OP and to M Oehm for the hints):

Are you perhaps a

Pen?

I have a horny filiation

Pen is derived from the word for feather or quill, which - while not quite a horn - is rather spiky

I come in rather short notation

Pen itself is a short word

You know a pond where tranquil I float

A pen is a female swan, which can often be seen floating tranquilly on ponds (though not so tranquil if you get too close, but I suppose that's irrelevant...)

I jab you when you shrink or bloat

Referring to an EpiPen, which one can jab into one's self for an emergency dose of epinephrine in the case of a severe allergic reaction (which can cause you to bloat).

You feel me when I draw the line

A pen may be used to draw lines on paper; it would then be felt by the artist as it is used

You smell me when I hold the swine

A pigpen has a very distinct... er... aroma!

I firmly wear a mollusk's robe

Pen is the zoological term for the inside shell of a squid

Make acronyms around the globe

I got a bit of help from Google on this one: apparently PEN is an acronym for the "International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists."

I keep you locked, with guards about

A penitentiary is another word for a jail

Give me a ring, I'll let you out

When the letter O (which is in the shape of a ring) is added, we get OPEN; if something (like a door) opens, things are let out

And the title: thouse chant is non sum

The first two, at least, are words when pen is appended to the beginning (penthouse, penchant); the third is as well, though less of a family-friendly word. [According to Google, pennon is a variant of pennant; pensum is also listed as a word, though some sources say it's dated.]

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    $\begingroup$ Eleven lines that form a match - with seven meanings there to catch - It doesn't seem too hard a feat - to have a list of them complete - I would rejoice, could you explain - all those that unmatched yet remain. $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Jan 18 '18 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ (You nailed it, congratulations and thanks for taking the time. - a hint: the name of the mollusk in question does not contain the letters of the answer.) $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Jan 18 '18 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ I think the ring in the 10th line is just a letter. And you might find answers to lines 4 and 7 here. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jan 18 '18 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ @M Oehm: You think right. And I see it has already found its way into the answer. Your link however provides answers to 3 and 7, 4 is not mentioned there. $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Jan 18 '18 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ As a ships' dock, I only know this used for submarines, with which I guess something is quite wrong if they are seen floating on a pond :-) - I planned to use another line with this one, but then decided that this would actually be about the same meaning as line 6, and I didn't want doubles. - I know that float is not 100% correct, but Oehm's link provides the answer. $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Jan 18 '18 at 21:50
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I think that the answer is:

Button

because

I have a horny filiation

buttons could be made from horns

I come in rather short notation

and they are fairly thin, i.e. short

You know a pond where tranquil I float

they can float and you can use them as a fishing float

I jab you when you shrink or bloat

If you change your body size the buttons could cause discomfort

You feel me when I draw the line
You smell me when I hold the swine

Not sure on this

I firmly wear a mollusk's robe

Some of them have mother of pearl coating

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Not sure about this yet.

I keep you locked, with guards about

The buttons keep your clothing (guards) about you

Give me a ring, I'll let you out

But if you push them through the buttonhole (ring shaped) you can undress

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    $\begingroup$ A good approach indeed - but not what solves this mess - I hope you will succeed - with your second guess $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Jan 18 '18 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ The answer is a better fit - you'll recognize that when you hit $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Jan 18 '18 at 16:11
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### Complete explanation ###

puzzledPig found the answer. It's

pen

And with a hint from M Oehm they also solved each individual line.

But first, the hints that your quick solving abilities prevented:

Of now there are some hints as follow
I hope that they are neither hollow
nor too revealing of the word
that many times you all have heard.


Hint 1 (about tags):

You seem to know where we are headed
and so another tag was added
(would have added the tag "word", seemed too much a reveal to do that from the start)


Hint 2 (where to start):

Some things I hear are best
to start right in the middle
the same I can attest
for our little riddle

Allow me to ensure
the term is not obscure
that solves this little rhyme
just try it one more time


Hint 3 (how much to find):

And once you have the answer right
Eleven lines it should fit tight
In which you should find seven meanings
albeit some but in the gleanings


Hint 4 (specifically for rhsquared):

You sought the manifold in feature
our answer is a different creature
as all the meanings that it has
form its multifariousness



and here are the individual explanations

The first four lines (on white background) are just the setup of the riddle.
They tell us

that we look for a single word with many different meanings, and that the point of the ridle is to find that word.


I have a horny filiation

the etymology of pen goes back to latin "penna" meaning feather, which mainly consists of horn (keratin)


I come in rather short notation

pen has only three letters, it's a short word


You know a pond where I tranquilly float

a female swan is called a pen, they are often seen on ponds and are typically described as being more like tranquilly floating than swimming


Have me jab you when you shrink or bloat

medical injectors for everyday carry are commonly referred to as pens, probably due to their push-button action and pen-like looks setting them apart from a mere syringe. The most widespread seem to be for epinephrine and insulin. Swelling (bloating) is a typical symptom of anaphylaxis, which you counter with epinephrine/adrenaline injections, significant weight loss (shrinking) is a symptom of diabetes, which is treated with insulin injections. - a bit far fetched I admit.


You feel me when I draw the line

pen is the common abbreviation for pencil, drawing lines is a common application for pens, and it's typically held - and thus felt - in hand while doing so.


You smell me when I hold the swine

several kinds of animal housing are referred to as a pen, for instance a pigsty, which usually gives off quite an odor.


I firmly wear a mollusk's robe

the internal horny feather-shaped shell of a squid, holding the outer mantle and many of the muscles, is called a pen


Make acronyms around the globe

There is a plethora of things all over the world, which the acronym P.E.N. could stand for, I found over 150. The most prominent probably being the one puzzledPig suggested (International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists), which is all over the world itself.


I keep you locked, with guards about

pen is colloquial for penitentiary


Give me a ring, I'll let you out

the ring is the letter "o" which together with "pen" forms the word "open" ;-)


And the title

is just a collection of syllables that form all proper nouns when prefixed with pen. That was meant as an after the fact confirmation.
And I would argue contrary to puzzledPig that the third one is very family friendly, as in most families it played an important role in their foundation.

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