- 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
Related Words for rowelprod, tease, coerce, harass, hound, provoke, force, propel, move, sting, thrust, arouse, prompt, animate, whip, exhort, irritate, sound, encourage, trigger
Examples from the Web for rowel
Historical Examples of rowel
A few horse-hairs twisted and caught in the sharp points of the rowel.Susy, A Story of the Plains
The rowel of his spur rattled as he jerked his foot up and down at the ankle.A Tar-Heel Baron
Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
Rowel threw the whole weight of his body upon him to stop that tongue.
I am afraid, Mr. Rowel, the case is a very serious one indeed.
"From the very nature of things, my dear," Mr. Rowel replied.Colin Clink, Volume I (of III)
- 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
Word Origin for rowel
"pointed wheel on a spur," mid-14c., from Old French roelle, roel (Modern French rouelle), "small wheel" (see roulette).