herl

herl

[hurl]
noun
1.
a barb of a feather, used especially in dressing anglers' flies.
2.
an artificial fly dressed with a herl.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German herle, harle, Low German harl fibre, hair of flax or hemp

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herl or harl (hɜːl)
 
n
1.  the barb or barbs of a feather, used to dress fishing flies
2.  an artificial fly dressed with such barbs
 
[C15: from Middle Low German herle, of obscure origin]
 
harl or harl
 
n
 
[C15: from Middle Low German herle, of obscure origin]

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