[ fer-oo-luh, fer-yoo- ]

noun,plural fer·u·las, fer·u·lae [fer-oo-lee, fer-yoo-]. /ˈfɛr ʊˌli, ˈfɛr yʊ-/.
  1. 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.

Origin of ferula

1350–1400; Middle English <New Latin, Latin; see ferule1

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/ (ˈfɛrʊlə, ˈfɛrjʊ-) /

nounplural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. 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

  2. a rare word for ferule 1

Origin of ferula

C14: from Latin: giant fennel

Derived forms of ferula

  • ferulaceous (ˌfɛruːˈleɪʃəs, ˌfɛrjuː-), adjective

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