[ 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.
Words related to rowel
Words nearby rowel
, rowing boat
, rowing machine
, rowland heights
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 rowelun·row·eled; especially British un·row·elled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for roweled
He roweled Pronto and, with Sam even in the jump, they galloped through the half-ring without opposition.
As Mose roweled him he kicked with both hind feet as if to tear the cinch from his belly.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for roweled
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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