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ferula Syllabification: fer·u·la
Pronunciation: /ˈfer(y)ələ/

Definition of ferula in English:


1A tall large-leaved Eurasian plant of a genus that includes asafetida and its relatives.
  • Genus Ferula, family Umbelliferae
Example sentences
  • It's made with ferula, horseradish and garlic extracts, which straighten hair and provide terrific thermal protection.
  • Silphium has a big thick root, a stem as long as ferula and just about as thick, and a leaf (which they call maspeton) similar to celery; it has a flat fruit, rather leaf-like, called phyllon ‘leaf’.
2 rare term for ferule.
Example sentences
  • A stereotypical portrait of an old-time Chinese teacher would be a thin figure with a goatee, carrying a book in one hand and a ferula in the other.
  • I have a birch rod handy to dole out any punishment or I may have to hit you on the hand with a ferula.


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'giant fennel, rod'.

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