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ferule Line breaks: fer¦ule
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛruːl/

Definition of ferule in English:


A flat ruler with a widened end, formerly used for beating children.
Example sentences
  • The cane, the birch and the ferule, a flat board also used to beat children and 'adults in a servile condition', were the teacher's badges. 438
  • It was considered an excellent plan to beat all pupils with the ferule, in order to make knowledge enter the heads of the bad.


Late Middle English (denoting the giant fennel): from Latin ferula (see ferula).

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