Harl (?), n. [Cf. OHG. harluf noose, rope; E. hards refuse of flax.]

1.

A filamentous substance; especially, the filaments of flax or hemp.

2.

A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, -- used in dressing artificial flies.

[Written also herl.]

 

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