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A sharp-toothed wheel inserted into the end of the shank of a spur.
[Middle English, from Old French roelle, diminutive of roue, wheel, from Latin rota; see ret- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a small spiked wheel attached to a spur
2. (Veterinary Science) 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
vb (tr) , -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) to goad (a horse) using a rowel
4. (Veterinary Science) vet science obsolete to insert a rowel in (the skin of a horse) to allow drainage
[C14: from Old French roel a little wheel, from roe a wheel, from Latin rota]
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n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur.v.t.
2. to prick or urge with a rowel.
3. to goad or prod.
[1350–1400; Middle English rowelle < Old French röelle < Latin rot(a) wheel]
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Past participle: rowelled
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|Noun||1.||rowel - a small spiked wheel at the end of a spur|
gad, spur - a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward; "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
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