nounWord forms: plural ˈferuˌlae (ˈfɛrjuˌli
; ferˈyo̅olēˌ; ˈfɛrʊˌli
any of a genus (Ferula
) of plants of the umbel
as a source of various gums, as asafetida
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Word origin of 'ferula'ModL < L, giant fennel, hence, stick, whip, rod, prob. akin to festuca, blade of grass