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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 (context obsolete English) A strand of hair 2 The fibrous shaft or barb of a feather (especially that of the ostrich or peacock) used to make artificial flies for angling 3 An artificial fly made with this barb


Herl is a municipality in the Trier-Saarburg district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Usage examples of "herl".

The towerman followed Herl to the chair, adding the necessary instructions for calling the mail ship.