A flat ruler with a widened end, formerly used for beating children.
More 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).
Definition of ferule in:
- The US English dictionary