Cognate with Middle Low German herle, Low German harle, East Frisian harrel ‘hemp fibre’.
harl (plural harls)
- 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!
- A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, used in dressing artificial flies.