Definition of ferule in English:

ferule

noun

historical
  • A flat ruler with a widened end, formerly used for beating children.

    • ‘It was considered an excellent plan to beat all pupils with the ferule, in order to make knowledge enter the heads of the bad.’
    • ‘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’
    walking stick, stick, staff
    stick, rod, birch
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

ferule

/ˈfɛruːl/