ferula

ferula

[fer-oo-luh, fer-yoo-]
noun, plural ferulas, ferulae [fer-oo-lee, fer-yoo-] .
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.
2.
ferule1 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Neo-Latin, Latin; see ferule1

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ferula (ˈfɛrʊlə, ˈfɛrjʊ-)
 
n , pl -las, -lae
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
 
[C14: from Latin: giant fennel]
 
ferulaceous
 
adj

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