a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur. See illus. under spur1
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)
to prick or urge with a rowel.
Veterinary Medicine. to insert a rowel in.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English rowelle Related forms
< Middle French ruelle, Old French roel
< Late Latin rotella,
equivalent to Latin rot
) wheel + -ella -elle