[ rou-uhl ]
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  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

Other words from rowel

  • un·row·eled; especially British un·row·elled, adjective

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How to use rowel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rowel


/ (ˈraʊəl) /

  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

Origin of rowel

C14: from Old French roel a little wheel, from roe a wheel, from Latin rota

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