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Harl \Harl\ (h[aum]rl), n. [Cf. OHG. harluf noose, rope; E. hards refuse of flax.]

  1. A filamentous substance; especially, the filaments of flax or hemp.

  2. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, -- used in dressing artificial flies. [Written also herl.]


n. 1 a fibre, especially a fibre of hemp or flax, or an individual fibre of a feather 2 A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, used in dressing artificial flies. vb. (context transitive English) To surface a building using a slurry of pebbles or stone chips which is then cured using a lime render.


In Scottish usage, harling describes an exterior building-surfacing technique which results in a long-lasting weatherproof shield for a stone building. A pigment can be embedded in the harled material, thus obviating the need for repainting. Harling as a technique provides the surface of many Scottish castles, but it is also used for a variety of common everyday building types. Long-lasting and practical, it well suits structures in the Scottish climate.

Usage examples of "harl".

He noticed his manservant, Harl, talking with young Niffa, the daughter of the town ratters, and waved as he walked past, heading to the Council House.

And suddenly about them stealthy shadows moved, and a chittering warned them of harlim.

I'll call up Harling and see if he's got anything new on the Disco and ask him to pass the word upstairs to you if anything's cooking.

It was a mish-mash of early 60s terraced housing and late '60s tower blocks, everything faced with grey harling, with boring swathes of grass separating the estate from the main road.

Each day it was harder and harder to control her impatience, and when the flowers were in full blossom she left Arnwheet playing on the riverbank with Harl and went to find Herilak.

With Harl right behind, Gwira bustled in, carrying a big market basket crammed with little packets of medicaments.

Harl brought water from a nearby stream and they gulped mouthfuls of it to wash down the repellent meat.

Harl hung from the gunwhale to look inside and Arnwheet shouted until he had been picked up and could see in too.

It also had a hard-hitting editorial on Empire Loyalist lines that exactly suited the politics of the neighborhood, and, for good measure, it was stylishly made up each week (it was a weekly) by a man called Harling who was quite a dab at getting the most out of the old-fashioned type faces that were all our steam-age jobbing printers in Pimlico had in stock.