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ferule1

[fer-uh l, -ool] /ˈfɛr əl, -ul/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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

ferule2

[fer-uh l, -ool] /ˈfɛr əl, -ul/
noun, verb (used with object), feruled, feruling.
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for ferule

ferrule

/ˈfɛruːl; -rəl/
noun
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to equip (a stick, etc) with a ferrule
Word Origin
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/
noun
1.
a flat piece of wood, such as a ruler, used in some schools to cane children on the hand
verb
2.
(transitive) (rare) to punish with a ferule
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ferula giant fennel, whip, rod; the stalk of the plant was used for punishment

ferule2

/ˈfɛruːl; -rəl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of ferrule
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Word Origin and History for ferule
n.

"rod for punishing children," 1590s, earlier "giant fennel" (early 15c.), from Middle English ferula "fennel plant" (late 14c.), from Latin ferula "reed, whip, rod, ferule, staff; fennel plant or rod," probably related to festuca "stalk, straw, rod."

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