harl

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Middle Low German herle, Low German harle, East Frisian harrel ‘hemp fibre’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

harl (plural harls)

  1. a fibre, especially a fibre of hemp or flax, or an individual fibre of a feather
    • 1974: She pushed her fingers under the cream lace, into the ginger harl of spun glass. — Guy Davenport, Tatlin!
  2. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, used in dressing artificial flies.