ferule

1
[ fer-uhl, -ool ]
/ ˈfɛr əl, -ul /

noun

Also ferula. a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children, especially by striking them on the hand.

verb (used with object), fer·uled, fer·ul·ing.

to punish with a ferule.

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Origin of ferule

1
1375–1425; late Middle English ferula, ferul(e) giant fennel <Latin ferula schoolmaster's rod (literally, stalk of giant fennel); replacing Old English ferele<Latin

Definition for ferule (2 of 2)

ferule2
[ fer-uhl, -ool ]
/ ˈfɛr əl, -ul /

noun, verb (used with object), fer·uled, fer·ul·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for ferule (1 of 2)

ferule1
/ (ˈfɛruːl, -rəl) /

noun

a flat piece of wood, such as a ruler, used in some schools to cane children on the hand

verb

(tr) rare to punish with a ferule

Word Origin for ferule

C16: from Latin ferula giant fennel, whip, rod; the stalk of the plant was used for punishment

British Dictionary definitions for ferule (2 of 2)

ferule2
/ (ˈfɛruːl, -rəl) /

noun

a variant spelling of ferrule
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