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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]

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