Herl definition

hûrl
The barb of a feather used in trimming an artificial fly for angling.
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An artificial fishing fly trimmed with the barb or barbs of a feather.
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The fibrous shaft or barb of a feather (especially that of the ostrich or peacock) used to make artificial flies for angling.
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An artificial fly made with this barb.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
herl
Plural:
herls

Origin of herl

  • Middle English herle a strand or twist of hair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition