Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rod; a ferule.
- n. A leading-staff, baton of command or authority, scepter, or the like, especially the scepter of some ancient and Eastern dominions, as that of the Byzantine empire, Hungary, etc.
- n. In botany, an umbelliferous genus of about 60 species, chiefly of the Mediterranean region and central Asia, and very nearly allied to Peucedanum. They are generally tall, coarse plants with dissected leaves, and many of the Asiatic species yield strongly scented gum resins, used in medicine. F. Narthex, F. Scorodosma, and F. alliacea yield the gum asafetida. Gum galbanum is the product of F. galbani flua, F. rubricaulis, and F. Schair. F. Sumbul furnishes the sumbul or muskroot of commerce. F. communis, the giant fennel of Europe, and some other species, are occasionally cultivated as ornamental foliage-plants. There are four or five species in the United States, on the Pacific coast, which are referred to this genus. Most of them have large resinous roots.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A ferule.
- n. The imperial scepter in the Byzantine or Eastern Empire.
“There are many other Sudanese species such as Maerua, Ferula, Salvadora and Calotropis.”
“The tall umbellates - Prangos pubularia, Ferula tenuisecta appear higher in loess foothills.”
“In the middle mountain belts, characteristic grasslands are dominated by Prangos pabularia, Ferula spp.,”
“There are over 1,100 spp of vascular plants, 75 of them are endemic to this ecoregion (such as Cousinia badghysi, Ferula badrakema, Tulipa kuschkensis). 650 species of vascular plants are found within the protected territory of the Badghyz Reserve.”
“Ferula grabbed each of them by the lock of wet hair at their napes and helped to pull them out with the experience she had acquired watching the birth of colts and calves at Yres Marias.”
“Other group of plants that dominates in the high mountains (2,200-2,700 m) are umbellifers belonging to Ferula, Prangos and other genera.”
“Ferula asafoetida, or in Hindi, hing, is a resinous spice that is used often in Indian bean cookery.”
“Ferula asafoetida, F. alliacea, F. foetida, and F. narthex look something like giant carrot plants, growing to 5 feet/1.5 m and developing massive carrot-like roots 6 in/15 cm in diameter, from which new sprouts arise every spring.”
“Nor less curious, also, was it to remark how, upon this Arabian Alp, vegetation became more important; increasing, contrary to the general rule, not only in quantity but in size, and changing from the date and the Daum to the strong smelling Ferula, the homely hawthorn, and the tall and balmy juniper-tree.”
“He hurried over to Ron, bent down, tapped Ron's leg with his wand, and muttered, "Ferula.”
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