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  1. Ferulanoun

    A genus of plants of the parsley family Apiaceae (of the order Umbelliferae), including some yielding asafetida. Members include Ferula asafoetida (Ferula foetida), the giant fennel (Ferula communis), and Ferula orientalis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FERULAnoun

    An instrument of correction with which young scholars are beaten on the hand: so named because anciently the stalks of fennel were used for this purpose.

    Etymology: ferule, Fr. from ferula, giant fennel, Lat.

    These differ as much as the rod and ferula. Samuel Shaw, Gramm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ferulanoun

    a ferule

  2. Ferulanoun

    the imperial scepter in the Byzantine or Eastern Empire

  3. Etymology: [L. ferula giant fennel (its stalks were used in punishing schoolboys), rod, whip, fr. ferire to strike; akin to OHG. berjan, Icel. berja. Cf. Ferule.]


  1. Ferula

    Ferula is a genus of about 170 species of flowering plants in the family Apiaceae, native to the Mediterranean region east to central Asia, mostly growing in arid climates. They are herbaceous perennial plants growing to 1–4 m tall, with stout, hollow, somewhat succulent stems. The leaves are tripinnate or even more finely divided, with a stout basal sheath clasping the stem. The flowers are yellow, produced in large umbels. Many plants of this genus, especially F. communis are referred to as "giant fennel," although they are not fennel in the strict sense.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ferula

    A plant genus of the family APIACEAE. It contains pungent oils and resins. It is used to flavor curries, as a carminative, and as cat and dog repellent. The occasionally used common name of 'giant fennel' should not be confused with true fennel (FOENICULUM).

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  1. earful

  2. farleu

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferula in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferula in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9


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