- a barb of a feather, used especially in dressing anglers' flies.
- an artificial fly dressed with a herl.
Origin of herl
1300–50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German herle, harle, Low German harl fibre, hair of flax or hemp
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Examples from the Web for herl
The tumult for herl Constant touch with the active, the gay!Gilian The Dreamer
Wind silk floss (E) over the herl about half way up the hook.
Finish body with herl (D) wound tight against the back of the wings.
Twitchbell—inside of lightest part of Starling's quill feather for wings, brown hackle for legs, brown Peacock's herl for body.The Teesdale Angler
- the barb or barbs of a feather, used to dress fishing flies
- an artificial fly dressed with such barbs
C15: from Middle Low German herle, of obscure origin
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