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rowel

[rou-uh l]
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noun
  1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur.
  2. Veterinary Medicine. a piece of leather or the like inserted beneath the skin of a horse or other animal to promote drainage of an infection.
verb (used with object), row·eled, row·el·ing or (especially British) row·elled, row·el·ling.
  1. to prick or urge with a rowel.
  2. Veterinary Medicine. to insert a rowel in.

Origin of rowel

1350–1400; Middle English rowelle < Middle French ruelle, Old French roel < Late Latin rotella, equivalent to Latin rot(a) wheel + -ella -elle
Related formsun·row·eled; especially British un·row·elled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for roweled

Historical Examples

  • It was all one that Archibald tore and tugged at the bit, or roweled him red.

    The Surrender of Santiago

    Frank Norris

  • Meanwhile, the proud Verbeena just roweled that lofty, haughty boy to rags.

    The Shriek

    Charles Somerville

  • As Mose roweled him he kicked with both hind feet as if to tear the cinch from his belly.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • He roweled Pronto and, with Sam even in the jump, they galloped through the half-ring without opposition.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn


British Dictionary definitions for roweled

rowel

noun
  1. a small spiked wheel attached to a spur
  2. vet science obsolete a piece of leather or other material inserted under the skin of a horse to act as a seton and allow drainage
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
  1. to goad (a horse) using a rowel
  2. vet science obsolete to insert a rowel in (the skin of a horse) to allow drainage

Word Origin

C14: from Old French roel a little wheel, from roe a wheel, from Latin rota
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for roweled

rowel

n.

"pointed wheel on a spur," mid-14c., from Old French roelle, roel (Modern French rouelle), "small wheel" (see roulette).

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