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
Historical Examples of herl
The tumult for herl Constant touch with the active, the gay!
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.
British Dictionary definitions for herl
the barb or barbs of a feather, used to dress fishing flies
an artificial fly dressed with such barbs
Word Origin for herl
C15: from Middle Low German herle, of obscure origin
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