from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a fibre, especially a fibre of hemp or flax, or an individual fibre of a feather
- n. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, used in dressing artificial flies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A filamentous substance; especially, the filaments of flax or hemp.
- n. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, -- used in dressing artificial flies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drag upon the ground; drag along with force or violence; trail.
- To entangle; confuse.
- To cut a slit in one of the hind legs of (a dead animal), in order to suspend it.
- To rough-east (a wall) with lime.
- To be dragged or pulled.
- To trail; drag one's self.
- n. The act of dragging.
- n. Flax, hemp, wool, hair, or other filaments as drawn out or hackled.
- n. A barb of a feather from a peacock's tail, used as a hackle in dressing fly-hooks. Also herl, hurl.
- n. Property obtained by means not accounted honorable.
- n. A considerable but indefinite quantity.
- n. A leash (three) of hounds.
Cognate with Middle Low German herle, Low German harle, East Frisian harrel ‘hemp fibre’. (Wiktionary)