fer·​ule | \ ˈfer-əl How to pronounce ferule (audio) , ˈfe-rəl \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈfer-​(y)ə-​lə How to pronounce ferule (audio) \

Definition of ferule

1 : an instrument (such as a flat piece of wood like a ruler) used to punish children
2 : school discipline

Examples of ferule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of them centered a rib, broke, and didn’t penetrate beyond the ferule. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Broadheads of the Year," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of ferule

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ferule

Latin ferula giant fennel, ferule

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“Ferule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferule. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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