- 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 roweling
Roweling his horse, Pedro climbed the slope toward Mountain Rancheria.When the Owl Cries
Roweling deep, he raced with Death to bring a woman's solace to a dying man.Trusia
Far to the west a faint report was heard and Pete knew that Skinny was roweling the lathered sides of his straining horse.Hopalong Cassidy
Clarence E. Mulford
The old schooner scrunched her way past the Olenia, roweling the yacht's glossy paint and smearing her with tar and slime.Blow The Man Down
Anger burned high in him, and like the bully he was he took it out of his good horse by roweling its sides savagely.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- 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 roweling
"pointed wheel on a spur," mid-14c., from Old French roelle, roel (Modern French rouelle), "small wheel" (see roulette).
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