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herl

[ hurl ]
/ hɜrl /
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noun

a barb of a feather, used especially in dressing anglers' flies.
an artificial fly dressed with a herl.

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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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herl

harl

/ (hɜːl) /

noun angling

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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