- a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur.
- 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.
- to prick or urge with a rowel.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for roweled
It was all one that Archibald tore and tugged at the bit, or roweled him red.The Surrender of Santiago
Meanwhile, the proud Verbeena just roweled that lofty, haughty boy to rags.The Shriek
As Mose roweled him he kicked with both hind feet as if to tear the cinch from his belly.The Eagle's Heart
He roweled Pronto and, with Sam even in the jump, they galloped through the half-ring without opposition.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
- a small spiked wheel attached to a spur
- 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
- to goad (a horse) using a rowel
- vet science obsolete to insert a rowel in (the skin of a horse) to allow drainage
C14: from Old French roel a little wheel, from roe a wheel, from Latin rota
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Word Origin and History for roweled
"pointed wheel on a spur," mid-14c., from Old French roelle, roel (Modern French rouelle), "small wheel" (see roulette).
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