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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A switch (a stick or cane or flat paddle) used to punish children.

Usage examples (33)
  • These just appeal to our most basic and ferule instincts.
  • "That's the most hoyden jade I'm sure you ever gave the ferule to."
  • They make use of neither ferule nor threats, yet they achieve everything.
  • His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now — at least among the smaller pupils. for more
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  • Wild, undomesticated animals are called "feral". A "ferrule" is a metal ring put at the end of a cane, and a "ferule" is a flat stick used to punish children.
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