[ hurl ]
/ hɜrl /


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

  • Wind silk floss (E) over the herl about half way up the hook.

    How to Tie Flies|E. C. Gregg
  • Twitchbell—inside of lightest part of Starling's quill feather for wings, brown hackle for legs, brown Peacock's herl for body.

  • Finish body with herl (D) wound tight against the back of the wings.

    How to Tie Flies|E. C. Gregg

British Dictionary definitions for herl



/ (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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