- 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
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Examples from the Web for ferula
An inferior sort is the product of certain species of Ferula.
Perhaps the ferula had been applied to him at Constantinople in old days.The Roman and the Teuton
With a bounding heart, he tossed away his ferula, and hastened to the scene, where joys for evermore seemed calling on him.The Life of Friedrich Schiller
This substance is described in the London Pharmacopia as a gum resin, the production of an uncertain species of Ferula.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Ferrule” must be distinguished from “ferule” or “ferula,” properly the Latin name of the “giant fennel.
- 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 ferule 1
C14: from Latin: giant fennel