ferule

ferule

1 [fer-uhl, -ool]
noun
1.
Also, ferula. a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children, especially by striking them on the hand.
verb (used with object), feruled, feruling.
2.
to punish with a ferule.

Origin:
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

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ferule

2 [fer-uhl, -ool]
noun, verb (used with object), feruled, feruling.
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ferrule or ferule (ˈfɛruːl, -rəl, ˈfɛruːl, -rəl)
 
n
1.  a metal ring, tube, or cap placed over the end of a stick, handle, or post for added strength or stability or to increase wear
2.  a side opening in a pipe that gives access for inspection or cleaning
3.  a bush, gland, small length of tube, etc, esp one used for making a joint
 
vb
4.  (tr) to equip (a stick, etc) with a ferrule
 
[C17: from Middle English virole, from Old French virol, from Latin viriola a little bracelet, from viria bracelet; influenced by Latin ferrum iron]
 
ferule or ferule
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: from Middle English virole, from Old French virol, from Latin viriola a little bracelet, from viria bracelet; influenced by Latin ferrum iron]

ferule1 (ˈfɛruːl, -rəl)
 
n
1.  a flat piece of wood, such as a ruler, used in some schools to cane children on the hand
 
vb
2.  rare (tr) to punish with a ferule
 
[C16: from Latin ferula giant fennel, whip, rod; the stalk of the plant was used for punishment]

ferule2 (ˈfɛruːl, -rəl)
 
n
a variant spelling of ferrule

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ferule
c.1420, from M.E. ferula "fennel plant," from L. ferula "fennel plant or rod," probably related to festuca "stalk, straw, rod."
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