[ rou-uh l ]
/ ˈraʊ əl /


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.

verb (used with object), row·eled, row·el·ing or (especially British) row·elled, row·el·ling.

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


un·row·eled; especially British un·row·elled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roweled

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

    Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
  • 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
  • It was all one that Archibald tore and tugged at the bit, or roweled him red.

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

    The Shriek|Charles Somerville

British Dictionary definitions for roweled

/ (ˈraʊəl) /


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

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

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

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