From ferō (“I bear”) + -culum (“tool”). Confer with its Ancient Greek inherited ferētrum.
ferculum n (genitive ferculī); second declension
- that on which any thing is carried or borne
- a frame, a barrow, litter, bier for carrying the spoils, the images of the gods, etc., in public processions
- a dish on which food is served; and hence a dish or mess of food, a course
- “ferculum” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.