Pronunciation: (rou'ul), [key]
—n., v., -eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling.
1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur. See illus. under spur 1.
2. Vet. Med.a piece of leather or the like inserted beneath the skin of a horse or other animal to promote drainage of an infection.
1. to prick or urge with a rowel.
2. Vet. Med.to insert a rowel in.
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