Definitions for: Rowel

[n] a small spiked wheel at the end of a spur

Webster (1913) Definition: Row"el, n. [OF. roele, rouele, properly, a little wheel,
F. rouelle collop, slice, LL. rotella a little wheel, dim. of
L. rota a wheel. See Roll, and cf. Rota.]
1. The little wheel of a spur, with sharp points.

With sounding whip, and rowels dyed in blood.

2. A little flat ring or wheel on horses' bits.

The iron rowels into frothy foam he bit. --Spenser.

3. (Far.) A roll of hair, silk, etc., passed through the
flesh of horses, answering to a seton in human surgery.

Row"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roweledor Rowelled; p.
pr. & vb. n. Roweling or Rowelling.] (Far.)
To insert a rowel, or roll of hair or silk, into (as the
flesh of a horse). --Mortimer.

See Also: gad, spur, wheel

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