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herl

[hurl] /hɜrl/
noun
1.
a barb of a feather, used especially in dressing anglers' flies.
2.
an artificial fly dressed with a herl.
Origin
1300-1350
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

/hɜːl/
noun (angling)
1.
the barb or barbs of a feather, used to dress fishing flies
2.
an artificial fly dressed with such barbs
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Low German herle, of obscure origin
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