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[fer-oo-luh, fer-yoo-] /ˈfɛr ʊ lə, ˈfɛr yʊ-/
noun, plural ferulas, ferulae
[fer-oo-lee, fer-yoo-] /ˈfɛr ʊˌli, ˈfɛr yʊ-/ (Show IPA)
Botany. any of various plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family, chiefly of the Mediterranean region and central Asia, generally tall and coarse with dissected leaves, many of the Asian species yielding strongly scented, medicinal gum resins.
ferule1 (def 1).
Origin of ferula
1350-1400; Middle English < New Latin, Latin; see ferule1 Unabridged
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/ˈfɛrʊlə; ˈfɛrjʊ-/
noun (pl) -las, -lae (-ˌliː)
any large umbelliferous plant of the Mediterranean genus Ferula, having thick stems and dissected leaves: cultivated as the source of several strongly scented gum resins, such as galbanum
a rare word for ferule1
Derived Forms
ferulaceous (ˌfɛruːˈleɪʃəs; ˌfɛrjuː-) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: giant fennel
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