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An instrument, such as a cane, stick, or flat piece of wood, used in punishing children.
tr.v. fer·uled, fer·ul·ing, fer·ules
To punish with a ferule.
[Middle English ferul, giant fennel stalk, rod, cane, from Latin ferula; see fescue.]
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(Mechanical Engineering) a flat piece of wood, such as a ruler, used in some schools to cane children on the hand
(tr) rare to punish with a ferule
[C16: from Latin ferula giant fennel, whip, rod; the stalk of the plant was used for punishment]
a variant spelling of ferrule
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fer•ule(ˈfɛr əl, -ul)
n., v. -uled, -ul•ing. n.
1. Also, fer•u•la (ˈfɛr ʊ lə, ˈfɛr yʊ-) a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children.v.t.
2. to punish with a ferule.
[1375–1425; late Middle English ferula, ferul(e) giant fennel < Latin ferula schoolmaster's rod]
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Past participle: feruled
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